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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 It will belike our Lord's glorified body at Emmaus, that is, capable ofbeing seen, but also capable of being withdrawn from the sight ofmen.

"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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

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