The Resurrection of the Body

The Eleventh Article of the Apostles’ Creed

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The Resurrection of the Body

 The Eleventh Article of the Apostles’ Creed  is The Resurrection of the Body. All of us must die because we have sinned in Adam. We as Christians should not fear death because we know that this is just place of testing, it is our exodus before reaching our Heavenly home with Christ, Our Mother, and His Angels and Saints, “Whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” John 11:26. It is quite simple, when we die, our soul leaves the body.

This is our time of probation and testing in our loyalty to God. Did I take the time that was gifted to me to praise, reverence, and serve God, or did I waste it? I know that I wasted a good portion of my life serving myself and my disordered appetites. It is only because of the prayers of others like my grandmother and mother that somehow I came back to the Church that I had abandoned as a young teenager. Don’t wait 20 years like me! Time is short! God is sooooo merciful and gives us sooooo many chances to turn to Him ; please don’t wait until it is to late. God wants to Bless ALL of His children, but He is a Gentleman ; He won’t come in unless He is invited. Invite Him into your life, and into your families life. Everything we have is from Him, and Him alone, EVERYTHING.

The World is starving for TRUTH and something solid and real to grasp onto. I found answers to ALL of my questions here in the Catholic Church. The answers to life’s biggest and toughest questions are found in the writings and the “constant and very firm” teaching of Jesus Christ taught through His Church. You will find the Truth in the Holy Scriptures and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and also in the great writings of the Fathers of the Church, and from the writings of Saints like St Teresa of Avila, St John of the Cross, St Alphonsus Liguori, St Louis Marie De Monfort, Venerable Fulton Sheen, Servant of God Father John Hardon S.J., Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, and so many more.

Back to The Resurrection of the Body.  Once again, we must always be prepared for death because God keeps the time of our death hidden from us. This helps us to have a healthy respect and fear to always try to serve God a little better and a little more. It also helps to give ourselves over many times in life to God’s will and Providence until He calls us to our eternal destiny.

Speaking of eternal destiny, after death we are immediately judged and God will reveal the results of our eternal destiny to us. This is the Particular Judgement  that we learned about a few posts back. The body will stay in the earth until the General Judgement.

The Glorified Body

 This is the part that I have been trying to get to in this post. Learning about the Church and all She teaches is an amazing journey of wonder and awe. This topic absolutely excites me more than any other. I am fascinated by the topic of The Glorified Body. The topic of Our Mother Mary and this topic are probably the two that I love to read about, pray, meditate, and study the most.

At the General Judgement our earthly bodies will be reunited with our spiritual souls and joined together once more. If we died in a state of grace then we will rise up like Jesus did on Easter Sunday; Glorious, Glorified, full of Brightness and Splendour, and we will be adorned with our merits for all to see!

This may bring us to wonder what kind of qualities does one with a Glorified Body have? I love this part!

Impassibility:  immunity from pain, suffering, sorrow, and death (no more aches or pains, and ALWAYS happy)

Subtility: freedom from all physical barriers to movement. Body and soul in PERFECT unison

Agility: the ability to move at the speed of light, totally at the command of the will ( for those who want to visit Saturn’s moons like me, well, we will be able to do this and ALOT more!)

Brightness, Clarity, or Splendour: extraordinary beauty, shining with the radiance of the sun Matt 13:43

Note: To remember the 4 qualities of a Glorified Body I use the acronym ISAB (Impassibility, Subtility, Agility, Brightness). It’s simple but little memory tricks like this really help with catechesis.

Now come on people, doesn’t this excite you? This is what we have to look forward to! This is what God has planned for us, He wants us ALL to be in friendship with Him so that He can share Himself and this awesome destiny with us. We have to be BIG PICTURE CATHOLICS! We must look at the end-game!

         In JM+JT,

                     Lee

One thought on “The Resurrection of the Body

  1. Brother David

    This is awesome. I also am so joyful to be saved. Yes God and the Virgin Mary saved my life and brought me to total surrender and joy in Jesus’ Church through the prayers (specifically the rosaries) of my mother and grandmother.

    Thank you, Lee, for this great witness. Yes it is exciting – and it’s a battle! Because so many people, even Christians, have lost the full brilliance of pure faith in the Resurrection of the DEAD. It’s very important.

    The glorified body is awesome! It is a very important teaching. All shall be risen in the body they lived in, some to eternal joy others to everlasting judgment. St Hildegard had an amazing vision concerning this, I strongly recommend it.

    The way I teach people about the Resurrection of the Dead is simple. Think of your mobile phone, you can have music, videos, films on it, etc. All that is downloaded onto the memory of the phone. What does that have to do with the Resurrection of the Dead? All the information for the proper configuration of your body is “downloaded” into the mind of Almighty God. God knows everything about you. Jesus says: “You are precious… Every hair on your head is numbered”. Since God knows every cell, every molecule in your body, and he sustains them – He certainly has the POWER and the WISDOM to resurrect your body at the end of days. St Hildegard saw this amazing process – she said it was like salt being taken out of the water, so our bodies will be taken from the earth at the end of time, before final judgment. That means, like Lee says, just as you are now, even if your body falls into corruption, is burned or eaten by beasts.

    St Hildegard saw in her Visions (Scivias Book 3, vision 12):

    At the Resurrection, those “signed in the faith” that is all the baptized souls will rise first and be divided into the sheep and the goats. There will be absolutely no question who is going to hell and who is going to heaven. Why? Because everyone’s works will be externally visible, like a garmet. People who did evil will will a garmet of shame, like a dark cloud of gloom, because all will see their shameful deeds. But those who repented of evil and did good works will “shine like the sun in the Kingdom of the Father”. They will go rejoicing into Heaven with Jesus their great Friend and Savior. The others will go wailing and moaning, and Jesus will say to them, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mat 25:41).

    Protestant brothers should beware:

    Final Judgment is according to WORKS (Rev 20:12-13; Romans 2:6-8) !!!

    St Paul warns us: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” (2Co 5:10)

    Yes indeed our salvation is a free gift to all who believe and are baptized, but it is not completed until we surrender to accomplish the “good works that God created us for and prepared for us to walk in” (Eph 2:10). So if we want to go to Heaven, we must seek God, “run the race set before us with our eyes fixed on Christ”. All our works are nothing more than the grace God has given to us, as Paul says:

    1Co 3:10 “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it…. for the Day will reveal it by fire”

    All God’s works are simply God working in him – and every work will be judged!

    Phi 2:13 “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. ”

    “This is God’s will for you, your sanctification” (1Th 4:3) through grace work towards sanctity. “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life”. In other words eternal life is the fruit of sanctification and nothing else. Sanctification means trying to live a holy life, confessing sin, rejecting the devil, participating in praise and worship, perseverance in good works.

    Now even great Protestant teachers and preachers such as John Piper and Bill Mounce are teaching this important doctrine that should unite all Christians!

    God bless you!

     
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