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73. Signs Preceding General Resurrection and Judgement

1. When our Lord comes in glory to judge the world at theend of time, certain signs shall herald his coming. These signswill be such as to forewarn all people and bring them into reverentsubjection to God's will if they will heed. Just what the signsof Christ's second coming will be, we do not know. Those signsmentioned in scripture refer not only to his coming to judgemankind, but to his coming continually to visit his Church; some ofthem refer to the coming of divine justice upon unfaithfulJerusalem.

2. The actual darkening of the sun and moon may precedethe coming of the Judge, and may stir sinners to fear andrepentance. But it is not likely that the Day of Judgment will bedark. Our Lord will come in glory as scripture says (Isa. 30:26):"The light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, andthe light of the sun shall be sevenfold."

3. "The virtues of heaven shall be moved," saysscripture, referring to the day of general judgment (Matt. 24:29).This prediction probably refers to the angels, either in general,or to the particular order of angels called Virtues. Theend of time means a change in the temporal assignment of angels whohave charge of earthly things.

"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."
St Philip Neri

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"Lord, take from me everything that hinders me from going to You. give me all that will lead me to You. Take me from myself and give me to Yourself."
St Nicholas Flue

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"It is not God's will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will."
Blessed Henry Suso

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