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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.

"He who wishes to be perfectly obeyed, should give but few orders."
St Philip Neri

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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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

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