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The Profession of Faith

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Therefore, Lord, we pray:

graciously accept this oblation of our service,

that of your whole family, . . .

order our days in your peace,

and command that we be delivered from eternal damnation

and counted among the flock of those you have chosen.

622

V.

T

he

L

ast

J

udgment

1038

The resurrection of all the dead, “of both the just and the

unjust,”

623

will precede the Last Judgment. This will be “the hour

when all who are in the tombs will hear [the Son of man’s] voice

and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of

life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judg-

ment.”

624

Then Christ will come “in his glory, and all the angels

with him . . . . Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he

will separate them one from another as a shepherd 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.

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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 pres-

ence.”

627

622

Roman Missal,

EP I (Roman Canon) 87.

623

Acts

24:15.

624

Jn

5:28-29.

625

Mt

25:31, 32, 46.

626 Cf.

Jn

12:49.

627 St. Augustine,

Sermo

18, 4: PL 38, 130-131; cf.

Ps

50:3.

678-679

1001, 998

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