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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.

"Let persons in the world sanctify themselves in their own houses, for neither the court, professions, or labour, are any hindrance to the service of God."
St Philip Neri

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"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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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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