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81. The Quality of Those Risen from the Dead

1. Those who rise will not have the imperfections ofimmaturity or old age. All will rise in the most perfect stage ofhuman nature, which is the age of youth; that is, of youth justarrived at maturity and full development.

2. However, all arisen bodies will not be the same insize. Variety on this point is no defect in nature. We know onlythat risen bodies will not be deficient in any natural perfection.Each person's body will be of the size most suitable tohim.

3. Human beings, then, will rise with perfect bodies, allin full maturity, none with infantile or childish imperfection,none bent with age. They will be perfect men and perfect women,with bodies of suitable size perfectly proportioned.

4. Risen bodies will not require the things they needed onearth to sustain them, preserve them, and move them to developmentor further perfection. Risen bodies will not eat, or drink, orsleep, or beget offspring, or feel the pull of fleshly appetites orpassions.

"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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"God has no need of men."
St Philip Neri

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"It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides. "
Thomas á Kempis

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