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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.

"Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean conscience inspires great trust in God."
Thomas á Kempis

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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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"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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