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The Profession of Faith

273

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

passed away.”

635

1045

For man,

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-

ment.”

636

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.”

637

She will not be wounded any longer by sin, stains,

self-love, that destroy or wound the earthly community.

638

The

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.

1046

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.

639

1047

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.

640

1048

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.”

641

635

Rev

21:4.

636 Cf.

LG

1.

637

Rev

21:2, 9.

638 Cf.

Rev

21:27.

639

Rom

8:19-23.

640 St. Irenaeus,

Adv. haeres.

5, 32, 1: PG 7/2, 210.

641

GS

39 § 1.

775

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349

673