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79. The Risen Body

1. In the resurrection, each soul will be united with itsown body. For in a real resurrection, that which falls is thatwhich rises again. If the soul be not joined substantially with itsown body, then there is not a resurrection, but an assuming of anew body.

2. The selfsame man who dies will rise again. For, by theresurrection, a man is to live again, not to be turned into someoneelse.

3. However, it is the soul that constitutes thematerial element of man as his living body and gives it itspersonal identity in the body-soul compound that we call a man. Byuniting substantially with matter, the soul constitutes that matteras its own body, holding it in continuous identity, notwithstandingthe flow and change of bodily particles all through life. Perhaps,in the risen body will be present some of the actual physicalparticles which the living body used at some stage of earthlylife.

"It is well to choose some one good devotion, and to stick to it, and never to abandon it."
St Philip Neri

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"A tree that is cultivated and guarded through the care of its owner produces its fruit at the expected time. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"Let no one wear a mask, otherwise he will do ill; and if he has one, let him burn it."
St Philip Neri

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