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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.

"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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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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"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."
Thomas á Kempis

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