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77. Time and Manner of the Resurrection of the Body

1. The resurrection of the body will take place at the endof the world, not previously.

2. The time of the end of the world, and of theconcomitant rising of men, is not humanly known; nor will it beknown. Scripture says (Matt. 24:36): "Of that day and hour noman knoweth; no, not the angels of heaven." When the apostlesasked our Lord about the time of the world's ending (Acts 1:7),he said to them: "It is not for you to know the times ormoments which the Father hath put in his own power."

3. As to the hour of the bodily resurrection,many think that because Christ rose from the dead in the early partof the day while it was yet dark, the resurrection of men'sbodies will be in the nighttime.

4. The resurrection of the body will take place in aninstant, and not by degrees. St. Paul, speaking of the bodilyresurrection, says (I Cor. 15:51-52): "We shall all indeedrise again ... in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye."

"Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor. No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"Let persons in the world sanctify themselves in their own houses, for neither the court, professions, or labour, are any hindrance to the service of God."
St Philip Neri

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