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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.

"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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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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