The Profession of Faith
from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be
mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have
this consummation will be the final realization of
the unity of the human race, which God willed from creation and
of which the pilgrim Church has been “in the nature of sacra-
Those who are united with Christ will form the commu-
nity of the redeemed, “the holy city” of God, “the Bride, the wife
of the Lamb.”
She will not be wounded any longer by sin, stains,
self-love, that destroy or wound the earthly community.
beatific vision, in which God opens himself in an inexhaustible way
to the elect, will be the ever-flowing well-spring of happiness,
peace, and mutual communion.
For the cosmos,
Revelation affirms the profound common
destiny of the material world and man:
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing
of the sons of God . . . in hope because the creation itself will
be set free from its bondage to decay. . . . We know that the
whole creation has been groaning in travail together until
now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have
the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for
adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
The visible universe, then, is itself destined to be trans-
formed, “so that the world itself, restored to its original state, facing
no further obstacles, should be at the service of the just,” sharing
their glorification in the risen Jesus Christ.
We know neither the moment of the consummation
of the earth
and of man, nor the way in which the universe will be transformed.
The form of this world, distorted by sin, is passing 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.”
640 St. Irenaeus,
5, 32, 1: PG 7/2, 210.
39 § 1.