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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.

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

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"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
St Philip Neri

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