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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.

"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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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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