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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.

"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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"Let no one wear a mask, otherwise he will do ill; and if he has one, let him burn it."
St Philip Neri

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

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