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57. The Ascension

1. Our Lord as man arose from the dead to an everlastinglife. As soon thereafter as his divine wisdom chose, he ascendedfrom the perishable earth to the deathless glory of heaven.

2. Christ as man ascended, by the divine power, intoheaven. As God, he is everywhere, and there is no place to which hecan or need ascend. Hence, Christ as man ascended into heaven, andnot as God, even though Christ is God.

3. Our Lord ascended into heaven, primarily by the divinepower, which is his own as God; secondarily, by the power of theglorified soul which moves the glorified body at will.

4. "He ascended above all the heavens" (Eph.4:10). The glorifiedbody of our Risen Lord shines withgreater glory than any other body. In place of dignity, it rankshighest.

5. Our Lord as man ascended into heaven to take his place,not only above all bodies, but above all spiritual creatures aswell. "God set him above all Principality, and Power, andVirtue, and Dominion, and every name that is named, not only inthis world but also in that which is to come" (Eph. 1:21).

6. Our Lord prepared the way for us to ascend to heaven.And his Ascension awakens in us faith, hope, charity, andreverence. Hence we can say that his Ascension is a cause of oursalvation.

"It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"The Lord has always revealed to mortals the treasures of his wisdom and his spirit, but now that the face of evil bares itself more and more, so does the Lord bare his treasures more."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
St Philip Neri

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