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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.

"God speaks to us without ceasing by his good inspirations."
The Cure D'Ars

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"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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