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76. The Cause of the Resurrection of the Body

Christ from the dead shall quicken also your mortalbodies." We are to rise in the likeness of the Resurrection ofour Lord, and indeed in virtue of that Resurrection. God is thecause of the resurrection of bodies; the Resurrection of Christ canbe called the quasi-instrumental cause through which God will raiseus up.

1. It was the divinity or Godhead of Christ (which is one in thethree divine Persons of the Blessed Trinity), which raised him fromthe dead. And scripture says (Rom. 8:11): "He that raised upJesus

2. On the last day, the appearance of Christ in his glorywill summon all men to resurrection and judgment. His voice will beas the trumpet to rouse and summon all.

3. The angels will come with the Judge, ministering tohim, and preparing for the bodily resurrection of mankind. But theactual reuniting of souls and bodies will not be done by angels,but will be the immediate work of God himself.

"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"Lord, here burn, here cut, and dry up in me all that hinders me from going to You, that You may spare me in eternity."
St Louis Bertrand

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"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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