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93. The Happiness of Heaven: Mansions

1. After the resurrection of the body, the blessed inheaven will find an increase of happiness. For then their happinesswill be that of the complete man, body and soul, and not of thesoul alone.

2. The degrees of heavenly happiness are called mansions.A mansion is literally a remaining. It is a goal attainedin which the attainer rests or remains. It is the reaching of thehome for which one strives and is a remaining in it, a dwellingthere. Now the heavenly city or kingdom has "manymansions," as our Lord says (John 14:2). Each of the blessedfinds his mansion in the degree of reward and happiness which heattains in heaven.

3. The various mansions of heaven are distinguishedaccording to the degrees of charity (which is love and friendshipwith God by grace) in the blessed themselves. For in each of thesaints or blessed, their degree of charity determines the measureof the light of glory which is imparted to them; this, in turn,determines their degree of reward and happiness, that is, theirmansion.

"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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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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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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