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Part One

A

rticle

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I BELIEVE IN LIFE EVERLASTING

1020

The Christian who unites his own death to that of Jesus

views it as a step towards him and an entrance into everlasting life.

When the Church for the last time speaks Christ’s words of pardon

and absolution over the dying Christian, seals him for the last time

with a strengthening anointing, and gives him Christ in viaticum

as nourishment for the journey, she speaks with gentle assurance:

Go forth, Christian soul, from this world

in the name of God the almighty Father,

who created you,

in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God,

who suffered for you,

in the name of the Holy Spirit,

who was poured out upon you.

Go forth, faithful Christian!

May you live in peace this day,

may your home be with God in Zion,

with Mary, the virgin Mother of God,

with Joseph, and all the angels and saints. . . .

May you return to [your Creator]

who formed you from the dust of the earth.

May holy Mary, the angels, and all the saints

come to meet you as you go forth from this life. . . .

May you see your Redeemer face to face. . . .

591

I.

T

he

P

articular

J

udgment

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 repeat-

edly 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

591

OCF,

Prayer of Commendation.

592 Cf.

2 Tim

1:9-10.

593 Cf.

Lk

16:22; 23:43;

Mt

16:26;

2 Cor

5:8;

Phil

1:23;

Heb

9:27; 12:23.

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2677, 336

679

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