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70. Quality of a Separated Soul

1. The soul, separated from its body, can no longerexercise the powers of sense, for these require the service ofbodily members. But the soul is still the root-principle ofsense-action and retains its fitness for activating sense-organs.Hence, we may say that the sentient powers belongradically (or in root )to the separated soul.

2. Certainly, sense-action itself is not within the powerof the separated soul.

3. Although the fire of hell be a bodily fire, it canafflict a spirit thus far at least, that it candetain it, and hinder its movement according to its ownwill.

"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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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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"The one thing necessary which Jesus spoke of to Martha and Mary consists in hearing the word of God and living by it."
R. Garrigou-Lagrange, OP

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