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5. Elements of the Nature Assumed

1. The human body of Christ is a true human body, notmerely an apparent body. The Son of God assumed true human nature,and to this nature a real body belongs. If the body of Christ weremerely an apparent body, there would have been something fictitiousin the work of redemption. For if Christ had not a real body, hecould not really have died.

2. Christ's body, like every true human body, wascomposed of real flesh, bones, tissue, etc. It was not made of someincorruptible matter different from the structure of other humanbodies.

3. And the Son of God becoming incarnate also assumed atrue human soul. Without such a soul there is no human nature, andGod assumed human nature,

4. To assume a human soul is to assume the faculties orpowers of that soul. Hence, God in becoming man assumed a humanintellect and a human will.

"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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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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