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56. Causal Power of the Resurrection

1. Aristotle says (Metaph. iv): "Whatever isthe first in any order, is the cause of what comes after it."The Resurrection of Christ was first in the order of rising fromthe dead: "The first fruits of them that sleep" (I Cor.15:20). Christ's Resurrection is thus the cause of our bodilyresurrection which will take place on the last day.

2. Christ's Resurrection is also the cause of theresurrection of our souls from the death of sin. The divine powerwhich appears in the bodily Resurrection of Christ extends to humansouls. St. Paul (Rom. 4:25) says that our Lord "rose again forour justification." And again he says (Rom. 6:4): "Christis risen from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also maywalk in newness of life."

"Obedience is a short cut to perfection."
St Philip Neri

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"Try to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself to things invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good."
St Philip Neri

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