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87. Knowledge in Risen Man

1. When a man rises from the dead and comes to the generaljudgment, he will know all the sins he has committed in hislifetime. St. Augustine says this complete remembrance of allone's sins will be conferred on each person by God's power;it will be a special gift for the occasion. The judgment willbe most perfect, and therefore the accuser, the witness, thedefendant must know all that is to be judged. Each man'sconscience is like a book that contains an accurate and detailedrecord of his life. And at judgment, the books will be opened(Apoc. 20:12).

2. At the last judgment, each person will know, not onlyhis own sins, but the sins of every other person. For in thisjudgment, God's justice is to be manifested to all.

3. This special knowledge of one's sins and the sinsof all mankind will not be acquired by some time-consuming process,but will be as knowledge that is acquired at a glance.

"Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Seek him, find him, cleave to him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at peace in this life and in the next."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"God looks neither at long nor beautiful prayers, but at those that come from the heart."
The Cure D'Ars

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"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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