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    man s condition is most shrouded in doubt 567 In a sense bodily death is natural but for faith it is in fact the wages of sin 568 For those who die in Christ s grace it is a participation in the death of the Lord so that they can also share his Resurrection 569 1007 Death is the end of earthly life Our lives are measured by time in the course of which we change grow old and as with all living beings on earth death seems like the normal end of life That aspect of death lends urgency to our lives remembering our mortality helps us realize that we have only a limited time in which to bring our lives to fulfillment Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth before the dust returns to the earth as it was and the spirit returns to God who gave it 570 1008 Death is a consequence of sin The Church s Magisterium as authentic interpreter of the affirmations of Scripture and Tradition teaches that death entered the world on account of man s sin 571 Even though man s nature is mortal God had destined him not to die Death was therefore contrary to the plans of God the Creator and entered the world as a consequence of sin 572 Bodily death from which man would have been immune had he not sinned is thus the last enemy of man left to be conquered 573 1009 Death is transformed by Christ Jesus the Son of God also himself suffered the death that is part of the human condition Yet despite his anguish as he faced death he accepted it in an act of complete and free submission to his Father s will 574 The obedience of Jesus

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    also live with him 577 What is essentially new about Christian death is this through Baptism the Christian has already died with Christ sacramentally in order to live a new life and if we die in Christ s grace physical death completes this dying with Christ and so completes our incorporation into him in his redeeming act It is better for me to die in eis Christ Jesus than to reign over the ends of the earth Him it is I seek who died for us Him it is I desire who rose for us I am on the point of giving birth Let me receive pure light when I shall have arrived there then shall I be a man 578 1011 In death God calls man to himself Therefore the Christian can experience a desire for death like St Paul s My desire is to depart and be with Christ 579 He can transform his own death into an act of obedience and love towards the Father after the example of Christ 580 My earthly desire has been crucified there is living water in me water that murmurs and says within me Come to the Father 581 I want

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    away and we are taught that God is preparing a new dwelling and a new earth in which righteousness dwells in which happiness will fill and surpass all the desires of peace arising in the hearts of men 641 1049 Far from diminishing our concern to develop this earth the expectancy of a new earth should spur us on for it is here that the body of a new human family grows foreshadowing in some way the age which is to come That is why although we must be careful to distinguish earthly progress clearly from the increase of the kingdom of Christ such progress is of vital concern to the kingdom of God insofar as it can contribute to the better ordering of human society 642 1050 When we have spread on earth the fruits of our nature and our enterprise according to the command of the Lord and in his Spirit we will find them once again cleansed this time from the stain of sin illuminated and transfigured when Christ presents to his Father an eternal and universal kingdom 643 God will then be all in all in eternal life 644 True and subsistent life consists in this the Father through the Son and in the Holy Spirit pouring out his heavenly gifts on all things without exception Thanks to his mercy we too men that we are have received the inalienable promise of eternal life 645 IN BRIEF 1051 Every man receives his eternal recompense in his immortal soul from the moment of his death in a particular judgment by Christ the judge of the living and the dead 1052 We believe that the souls of all who die in Christ s grace are the People of God beyond death On the day of resurrection death will be definitively conquered when these souls will be reunited with their bodies Paul VI CPG 28 1053 We believe that the multitude of those gathered around Jesus and Mary in Paradise forms the Church of heaven where in eternal blessedness they see God as he is and where they are also to various degrees associated with the holy angels in the divine governance exercised by Christ in glory by interceding for us and helping our weakness by their fraternal concern Paul VI CPG 29 1054 Those who die in God s grace and friendship imperfectly purified although they are assured of their eternal salvation undergo a purification after death so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of God 1055 By virtue of the communion of saints the Church commends the dead to God s mercy and offers her prayers especially the holy sacrifice of the Eucharist on their behalf 1056 Following the example of Christ the Church warns the faithful of the sad and lamentable reality of eternal death GCD 69 also called hell 1057 Hell s principal punishment consists of eternal separation from God in whom alone man can have the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs 1058 The Church prays that no one should be lost Lord let me never be parted from you If it is true that no one can save himself it is also true that God desires all men to be saved 1 Tim 2 4 and that for him all things are possible Mt 19 26 1059 The holy Roman Church firmly believes and confesses that on the Day of Judgment all men will appear in their own bodies before Christ s tribunal to render an account of their own deeds Council of Lyons II 1274 DS 859 cf DS 1549 1060 At the end of time the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness Then the just will reign with Christ for ever glorified in body and soul and the material universe itself will be transformed God will then be all in all 1 Cor 15 28 in eternal life AMEN 1061 The Creed like the last book of the Bible 646 ends with the Hebrew word amen This word frequently concludes prayers in the New Testament The Church likewise ends her prayers with Amen 1062 In Hebrew amen comes from the same root as the word believe This root expresses solidity trustworthiness faithfulness And so we can understand why Amen may express both God s faithfulness towards us and our trust in him 1063 In the book of the prophet Isaiah we find the expression God of truth literally God of the Amen that is the God who is faithful to his promises He who blesses himself in the land shall bless himself by the God of truth amen 647 Our Lord often used the word Amen sometimes repeated 648 to emphasize the trustworthiness of his teaching his authority founded on God s truth 1064 Thus the Creed s final Amen repeats and confirms its first words I believe To believe is to say Amen to God s words promises and commandments to entrust oneself completely to him who is the Amen of infinite love and perfect faithfulness The Christian s everyday life will then be the Amen to the I believe of our baptismal profession of faith May your Creed be for you as a mirror Look at yourself in it to see if you believe everything you say you believe And rejoice in your faith each day 649 1065 Jesus Christ himself is the Amen 650 He is the definitive Amen of the Father s love for us He takes up and completes our Amen to the Father For all the promises of God find their Yes in him That is why we utter the Amen through him to the glory of God 651 Through him with him in him in the unity of the Holy Spirit all glory and honor is yours almighty Father God for ever and ever AMEN NOTES 1 I Cor 12 3 2 Gal 4 6 3 St Irenaeus Dem ap 7 SCh 62 41 42 4 Jn 17 3 5 St Gregory of Nazianzus Oratio theol 5 26 Oratio 31 26 PG 36 161 163 6 Nicene Creed see above par 465 7 I Cor 2 11 8 Jn 16 13 9 Jn 14 17 10 Cf Gal 4 6 11 Cf Jn 3 34 12 Jn 7 39 13 Cf Jn 17 22 14 Cf Jn 16 14 15 St Gregory of Nyssa De Spiritu Sancto 16 PG 45 1321A B 16 Cf Mt 28 19 17 Jn 3 5 8 18 Jn 14 16 26 15 26 16 7 19 Cf I Jn 2 1 20 Jn 16 13 21 Cf Gal 3 14 Eph 1 13 22 Rom 8 15 Gal 4 6 23 Rom 8 9 24 2 Cor 3 17 25 Rom 8 9 14 15 19 I Cor 6 11 7 40 26 I Pet 4 14 27 I Cor 12 13 28 Jn 19 34 I Jn 5 8 29 Cf Jn 4 10 14 738 Ex 17 1 6 Isa 55 1 Zech 14 8 I Cor 10 4 Rev 21 6 22 17 30 Cf I Jn 2 20 27 2 Cor 1 21 31 Cf Ex 30 22 32 I Sam 16 13 32 Cf Lk 4 18 19 Isa 61 1 33 Cf Lk 2 11 26 27 34 Cf Lk 4 1 6 19 8 46 35 Cf Rom 1 4 8 11 36 Eph 4 13 cf Acts 2 36 37 Sir 48 1 cf I Kings 18 38 39 38 Lk 1 17 3 16 39 Lk 12 49 40 Acts 2 3 4 41 Cf St John of the Cross The Living Flame of Love in The Collected Works of St John of the Cross tr K Kavanaugh OCD and O Rodriguez OCD Washington DC Institute of Carmelite Studies 1979 577 ff 42 I Thess 5 19 43 Cf Ex 24 15 18 44 Cf Ex 33 9 10 45 Cf Ex 40 36 38 I Cor 10 1 2 46 Cf I Kings 8 10 12 47 Lk 1 35 48 Lk 9 34 35 49 Cf Acts 1 9 cf Lk 21 27 50 Jn 6 27 cf 2 Cor 1 22 Eph 1 13 4 30 51 Cf Mk 6 5 8 23 10 16 52 Cf Mk 16 18 Acts 5 12 14 3 53 Cf Acts 8 17 19 13 3 19 6 54 Cf Heb 6 2 55 Lk 11 20 56 Ex 31 18 2 Cor 3 3 57 LH Easter Season after Ascension Hymn at Vespers digitus paternae dexterae 58 Cf Gen 8 8 12 59 Cf Mt 3 16 and parallels 60 Gal 4 4 61 Cf 2 Cor 3 14 Jn 5 39 46 62 Cf Lk 24 44 63 Cf Ps 33 6 104 30 Gen 1 2 2 7 Eccl 3 20 21 Ezek 37 10 64 Byzantine liturgy Sundays of the second mode Troparion of Morning Prayer 65 St Irenaeus Dem ap 11 SCh 62 48 49 66 Rom 3 23 67 Cf Jn 1 14 Phil 2 7 68 Cf Gen 18 1 15 Lk 1 26 38 54 55 Jn 1 12 13 Rom 4 16 21 69 Cf Gen 12 3 Gal 3 16 70 Cf Jn 11 52 71 Eph 1 13 14 cf Gen 22 17 19 Lk 1 73 Jn 3 16 Rom 8 32 Gal 3 14 72 Cf Ex 19 20 Deut 1 11 29 30 73 Gal 3 24 74 Cf Rom 3 20 75 Ex 19 5 6 Cf I Pet 2 9 76 Cf 2 Sam 7 Ps 89 Lk 1 32 33 77 Cf Lk 24 26 78 Isa 43 19 79 Cf Zeph 2 3 Lk 2 25 38 80 Jn 12 41 cf Isa 6 12 81 Isa 11 1 2 82 Cf Isa 42 1 9 cf Mt 12 18 21 Jn 1 32 34 then cf Isa 49 1 6 cf Mt 3 17 Lk 2 32 finally cf Isa 50 4 10 and Isa 52 13 53 12 83 Phil 2 7 84 Isa 61 1 2 cf Lk 4 18 19 85 Cf Ezek 11 19 36 25 28 37 1 14 Jer 31 31 34 and cf Joel 3 1 5 86 Cf Acts 2 17 21 87 Cf Zeph 2 3 Ps 22 27 34 3 Isa 49 13 61 1 etc 88 Lk 1 17 89 Jn 1 6 90 Lk 1 15 41 91 Cf Lk 1 68 92 Mt 17 10 13 cf Lk 1 78 93 Lk 1 17 94 Lk 7 26 95 Cf Mt 11 13 14 96 Jn 1 23 cf Isa 40 1 3 97 Jn 1 7 cf Jn 15 26 5 35 98 Cf I Pet 1 10 12 99 Jn 1 33 36 100 Cf Jn 3 5 101 Cf Prov 8 1 9 6 Sir 24 102 Col 2 9 103 Cf Zeph 3 14 Zech 2 14 104 Cf Lk 1 46 55 105 Cf Lk 1 26 38 Rom 4 18 21 Gal 4 26 28 106 Cf Lk 1 15 19 Mt 2 11 107 Cf Lk 2 14 108 Cf Jn 19 25 27 109 Acts 1 14 110 Cf Jn 6 27 51 62 63 111 Cf Jn 3 5 8 112 Cf Jn 4 10 14 23 24 113 Cf Jn 7 37 39 114 Cf Lk 11 13 115 Cf Mt 10 19 20 116 Cf Jn 14 16 17 26 15 26 16 7 15 17 26 117 Cf Jn 13 1 17 1 118 Cf Lk 23 46 Jn 19 30 119 Rom 6 4 120 Cf Jn 20 22 121 Jn 20 21 cf Mt 28 19 Lk 24 47 48 Acts 1 8 122 Cf Acts 2 33 36 123 Byzantine liturgy Pentecost Vespers Troparion repeated after communion 124 I Jn 4 8 16 125 Rom 5 5 126 2 Cor 13 14 127 I Jn 4 11 12 cf Rom 8 23 2 Cor 1 21 128 Acts 1 8 cf I Cor 13 129 Gal 5 22 23 130 Gal 5 25 cf Mt 16 24 26 131 St Basil De Spiritu Sancto 15 36 PG 32 132 132 Jn 15 8 16 133 St Cyril of Alexandria In Jo ev 11 11 PG 74 561 134 Rom 8 26 135 LG 1 cf Mk 16 15 136 Roman Catechism I 10 1 137 St Hippolytus Trad Ap 35 SCh 11 118 138 Roman Catechism I 10 22 139 Cf Acts 19 39 140 Cf Ex 19 141 Cf I Cor 11 18 14 19 28 34 35 142 Cf I Cor 1 2 16 1 143 Cf I Cor 15 9 Gal 1 13 Phil 3 6 144 Cf Eph 1 22 Col 1 18 LG 9 145 LG 6 146 LG 6 Cf Jn 10 1 10 Isa 40 11 Ezek 34 11 31 Jn 10 11 Pet 5 4 Jn 10 11 16 147 LG 6 Cf I Cor 3 9 Rom 11 13 26 Mt 21 32 43 and parallels Isa 51 7 Jn 15 1 5 148 LG 6 Cf I Cor 3 9 Mt 21 42 and parallels Acts 4 11 I Pet 2 7 PS 118 22 I Cor 3 11 I Tim 3 15 Eph 2 19 22 Rev 21 3 I Pet 2 5 Rev 21 1 2 149 LG 6 Cf Gal 4 26 Rev 12 17 19 7 21 2 9 22 17 Eph 5 25 26 29 150 LG 2 151 LG 2 152 LG 2 153 Pastor Hermae Vision 2 4 1 PG 2 899 cf Aristides Apol 16 6 St Justin Apol 2 7 PG 6 456 Tertullian Apol 31 3 32 1 PL 1 508 509 154 Cf St Epiphanius Panarion 1 1 5 PG 41 181C 155 Clement of Alex Paed 1 6 27 PG 8 281 156 Acts 10 35 cf LG 9 13 16 157 Cf Gen 12 2 15 5 6 158 Cf Ex 19 5 6 Deut 7 6 Isa 2 2 5 Mic 4 1 4 159 LG 9 cf Hos 1 Isa 1 2 4 Jer 2 31 31 34 Isa 55 3 160 Cf LG 3 AG 3 161 LG 5 162 LG 3 163 LG 5 164 LG 5 165 Lk 12 32 cf Mt 10 16 26 31 Jn 10 1 21 166 Cf Mt 12 49 167 Cf Mt 5 6 168 Cf Mk 3 14 15 169 Cf Mt 19 28 Lk 22 30 Rev 21 12 14 170 Cf Mk 6 7 Lk 10 1 2 Mt 10 25 Jn 15 20 171 LG 3 cf Jn 19 34 172 SC 5 173 Cf St Ambrose In Luc 2 85 89 PL 15 1666 1668 174 LG 4 Cf Jn 17 4 175 AG 4 176 Cf Mt 28 19 20 AG 2 5 6 177 LG 4 178 LG 5 179 LG 48 180 St Augustine De civ Dei 18 51 PL 41 614 Cf LG 8 181 LG 5 cf 6 2 Cor 5 6 182 LG 2 183 Roman Catechism 1 10 20 184 LG 8 1 185 LG 8 186 LG 8 187 SC 2 Cf Heb 13 14 188 St Bernard of Clairvaux In Cant Sermo 27 14 PL 183 920D 189 Eph 1 10 190 Eph 5 32 3 9 11 5 25 27 191 Col 1 27 192 I Cor 13 8 cf LG 48 193 John Paul II MD 27 194 Eph 5 27 195 Cf John Paul II MD 27 196 St Augustine Ep 187 11 34 PL 33 846 197 LG 1 198 Rev 7 9 199 LG 9 2 48 2 GS 45 1 200 Paul VI June 22 1973 AG 7 2 cf LG 17 201 LG 9 Cf Acts 10 35 I Cor 11 25 202 I Pet 2 9 203 Jn 3 3 5 204 Cf Jn 13 34 205 Rom 8 2 Gal 5 25 206 Cf Mt 5 13 16 207 LG 9 2 208 Cf John Paul II RH 18 21 209 LG 10 Cf Heb 5 1 5 Rev 1 6 210 LG 12 Cf Jude 3 211 Cf Jn 12 32 212 Mt 20 28 213 LG 8 cf 36 214 St Leo the Great Sermo 4 1 PL 54 149 215 Cf Mk 1 16 20 3 13 19 Mt 13 10 17 Lk 10 17 20 22 28 30 216 Jn 15 4 5 217 Jn 6 56 218 Cf Jn 14 18 20 22 Mt 28 20 Acts 2 33 219 LG 7 220 LG 7 221 LG 7 cf Rom 6 4 5 I Cor 12 13 222 LG 7 3 223 LG 7 3 cf I Cor 12 26 224 Gal 3 27 28 225 Col 1 18 226 Col 1 18 227 Gal 4 19 228 LG 7 4 cf Phil 3 21 Rom 8 17 229 Cf Col 2 19 Eph 4 11 16 230 St Augustine In Jo ev 21 8 PL 35 1568 231 Pope St Gregory the Great Moralia in Job praef 14 PL 75 525A 232 St Thomas Aquinas STh III 48 2 233 Acts of the Trial of Joan of Arc 234 Jn 3 29 235 Mk 2 19 236 Cf Mt 22 1 14 25 1 13 I Cor 6 15 17 2 Cor 11 2 237 Cf Rev 22 17 Eph 1 4 5 27 238 Eph 5 25 26 239 Cf Eph 5 29 240 Eph 5 31 32 241 Mt 19 6 242 St Augustine En in Ps 74 4 PL 36 948 949 243 St Augustine Sermo 267 4 PL 38 1231D 244 Pius XII encyclical Mystici Corporis DS 3808 245 2 Cor 6

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    769 to go Catechism of the Catholic Church I THE PARTICULAR JUDGMENT 1021 Death puts an end to human life as the time open to either accepting or rejecting the divine grace manifested in Christ 592 The New Testament speaks of judgment primarily in its aspect of the final encounter with Christ in his second coming but also repeatedly affirms that each will be rewarded immediately after death in accordance with his works and faith The parable of the poor man Lazarus and the words of Christ on the cross to the good thief as well as other New Testament texts speak of a final destiny of the soul a destiny which can be different for some and for others 593 1022 Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ either entrance into the blessedness of heaven through a purification 594 or immediately 595 or immediate and everlasting damnation 596 At the evening of life we shall be judged on our love 597 Notes 592 Cf 2 Tim 1 9 10 593 Cf Lk 16 22 23 43 Mt 16 26

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    and celestial paradise with Christ joined to the company of the holy angels Since the Passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ these souls have seen and do see the divine essence with an intuitive vision and even face to face without the mediation of any creature 599 1024 This perfect life with the Most Holy Trinity this communion of life and love with the Trinity with the Virgin Mary the angels and all the blessed is called heaven Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings the state of supreme definitive happiness 1025 To live in heaven is to be with Christ The elect live in Christ 600 but they retain or rather find their true identity their own name 601 For life is to be with Christ where Christ is there is life there is the kingdom 602 1026 By his death and Resurrection Jesus Christ has opened heaven to us The life of the blessed consists in the full and perfect possession of the fruits of the redemption accomplished by Christ He makes partners in his heavenly glorification those who have believed in him and remained faithful to his will Heaven is the blessed community of all who are perfectly incorporated into Christ 1027 This mystery of blessed communion with God and all who are in Christ is beyond all understanding and description Scripture speaks of it in images life light peace wedding feast wine of the kingdom the Father s house the heavenly Jerusalem paradise no eye has seen nor ear heard nor the heart of man conceived what God has prepared for those who love him 603 1028 Because of his transcendence God cannot be seen as he is unless he himself opens up his mystery to man s immediate

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    assured of their eternal salvation but after death they undergo purification so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven 1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned 606 The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent The tradition of the Church by reference to certain texts of Scripture speaks of a cleansing fire 607 As for certain lesser faults we must believe that before the Final Judgment there is a purifying fire He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age but certain others in the age to come 608 1032 This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead already mentioned in Sacred Scripture Therefore Judas Maccabeus made atonement for the dead that they might be delivered from their sin 609 From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them above all the Eucharistic sacrifice so that thus purified they may attain the beatific vision of God 610 The Church also commends almsgiving indulgences and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead Let us help and commemorate them If Job s sons were purified by their father s sacrifice why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them 611 Notes 606 Cf Council of Florence 1439 DS 1304 Council of

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    speaks of Gehenna of the unquenchable fire reserved for those who to the end of their lives refuse to believe and be converted where both soul and body can be lost 614 Jesus solemnly proclaims that he will send his angels and they will gather all evil doers and throw them into the furnace of fire 615 and that he will pronounce the condemnation Depart from me you cursed into the eternal fire 616 1035 The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell where they suffer the punishments of hell eternal fire 617 The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs 1036 The affirmations of Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Church on the subject of hell are a call to the responsibility incumbent upon man to make use of his freedom in view of his eternal destiny They are at the same time an urgent call to conversion Enter by the narrow gate for the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction and those who enter by it are many For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life and those who find it are few 618 Since we know neither the day nor the hour we should follow the advice of the Lord and watch constantly so that when the single course of our earthly life is completed we may merit to enter with him into the marriage feast and be numbered among the blessed and not like the wicked and slothful

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    separates the sheep from the goats and he will place the sheep at his right hand but the goats at the left And they will go away into eternal punishment but the righteous into eternal life 625 1039 In the presence of Christ who is Truth itself the truth of each man s relationship with God will be laid bare 626 The Last Judgment will reveal even to its furthest consequences the good each person has done or failed to do during his earthly life All that the wicked do is recorded and they do not know When our God comes he does not keep silence he will turn towards those at his left hand I placed my poor little ones on earth for you I as their head was seated in heaven at the right hand of my Father but on earth my members were suffering my members on earth were in need If you gave anything to my members what you gave would reach their Head Would that you had known that my little ones were in need when I placed them on earth for you and appointed them your stewards to bring your good works into my treasury But you have placed nothing in their hands therefore you have found nothing in my presence 627 1040 The Last Judgment will come when Christ returns in glory Only the Father knows the day and the hour only he determines the moment of its coming Then through his Son Jesus Christ he will pronounce the final word on all history We shall know the ultimate meaning of the whole work of creation and of the entire economy of salvation and understand the marvellous ways by which his Providence led everything towards its final end The Last Judgment will reveal

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