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82. The Impassibility of Risen Bodies

1. To be impassible is to be immune to sufferingand change.

2. The bodies of the just will not be capable of sufferingany pain whatever, nor will they ever undergo substantial change.The bodies of the damned will endure pains in hell, and hence arenot impassible; yet these bodies will not undergo substantialchange. St. Paul (I Cor. 15:42) says: "It [the body] is sownin corruption, it shall rise in in-corruption."

3. Impassibility in the risen bodies of the just does notmean numbness or insensibility. It means immunity to what iscontrary to human nature and painful to it. The risen body willhave sensation (that is, its senses will operate and bring insense-findings or sense-knowledge), and it will have movement;these things belong to the perfection of the body.

4. The senses of the risen bodies of the just will find inthe overflow of glory, which comes upon them from the soul, theircomplete and enduring perfection. The senses will be perfectly andsatisfyingly in operation, and they will possess their objects, andnot merely tend to these objects, or be in a state of readiness toperceive them.

"Lord, here burn, here cut, and dry up in me all that hinders me from going to You, that You may spare me in eternity."
St Louis Bertrand

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

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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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