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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.

"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."
St Philip Neri

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"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and most perfect counsel."
Thomas á Kempis

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