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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."

"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
St Philip Neri

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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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"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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