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78. The Starting Point of the Bodily Resurrection

1. Every movement has its starting point and its goal, and themovement itself consists in the transit or "going over"from the first of these to the second. Now, the movement of thebodies of men to life in the final resurrection, has its beginningor starting point in the state of death. Therefore, all men mustdie. Those who are alive on earth when the last day comes will die,and then rise in the general resurrection.

2. All human beings shall rise from the dust and ashes towhich death and decay (or the final fire) reduces them. Scripturesays (Gen. 3:19): "Dust thou art, and into dust thou shaltreturn."

3. There is, in the dust and ashes to which bodies arereduced, no tendency towards reconstruction as human bodies. Thedivine plan and the divine power bring about the resurrection,uniting each soul with the dust and ashes which, by reason of theunion, is constituted as the proper body of the vivifying soul.

"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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"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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"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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