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80. The Integrity of the Risen Body

1. The human body will rise complete and perfect with allits members. In the elect, the perfected soul will animate its bodyand cause that body to be perfect.

2. Even in such things as belong to the body more asornaments than necessary members, such as hair and nails, the risenbody will be perfectly complete.

3. Man's risen body will lack nothing that belongs tothe integrity (that is, the complete and rounded perfection) ofhuman nature. The risen body will need none of the processes thatmerely preserve it, or make it grow, or propagate. But the bodywill have all that makes it enduring, mature, and perfect.

4. The risen body will have all that belongs to true humanbodily nature; it will have all this in the most perfect andsuitable mode and degree.

5. As noted heretofore, the actual material particleswhich flow through and in the human body during its term of earthlyexistence will not all be found in the risen body.

"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Happy is the youth, because he has time before him to do good. "
St Philip Neri

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"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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