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85. The Clarity of Risen Bodies

1. The risen body in glory will have a measure oflightsomeness and splendor, according to the soul's degree ofglory. Says scripture (Matt. 13:43): "The just shall shine asthe sun in the kingdom of their Father." This shining andsplendid quality of the risen body is called itsclarity.

2. The clarity of the blessed in heaven will be visible tothe non-glorified eye of the damned. For clarity is naturallyvisible, as it was to the eyes of the three apostles who beheld itin our Lord's body at the time of the Transfiguration.

3. Yet the glorified body is not necessarilyvisible; it will appear or disappear as the soul wills. It will belike our Lord's glorified body at Emmaus, that is, capable ofbeing seen, but also capable of being withdrawn from the sight ofmen.

"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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

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"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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