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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.

"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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"Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"The greatest glory we can give to God is to do his will in everything."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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