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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.

"He who wishes to be perfectly obeyed, should give but few orders."
St Philip Neri

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"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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"Those who love God are always happy, because their whole happiness is to fulfill, even in adversity, the will of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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