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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.

"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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"The name of Jesus, pronounced with reverence and affection, has a kind of power to soften the heart. "
St Philip Neri

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"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
St Philip Neri

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