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1049

“Far from diminishing our concern to develop this earth,

the expectancy of a new earth should spur us on, for it is here that

the body of a new human family grows, foreshadowing in some

way the age which is to come. That is why, although we must be

careful to distinguish earthly progress clearly from the increase of

the kingdom of Christ, such progress is of vital concern to the

kingdom of God, insofar as it can contribute to the better ordering

of human society.”

642

1050

“When we have spread on earth the fruits of our nature

and our enterprise . . . according to the command of the Lord and

in his Spirit, we will find them once again, cleansed this time from

the stain of sin, illuminated and transfigured, when Christ presents

to his Father an eternal and universal kingdom.”

643

God will then

be “all in all” in eternal life:

644

True and subsistent life consists in this: the Father, through

the Son and in the Holy Spirit, pouring out his heavenly gifts

on all things without exception. Thanks to his mercy, we too,

men that we are, have received the inalienable promise of

eternal life.

645

IN BRIEF

1051

Every man receives his eternal recompense in his im­

mortal soul from the moment of his death in a particu­

lar judgment by Christ, the judge of the living and the

dead.

1052

“We believe that the souls of all who die in Christ’s

grace . . . are the People of God beyond death. On the

day of resurrection, death will be definitively con­

quered, when these souls will be reunited with their

bodies” (Paul VI,

CPG

§ 28).

1053

“We believe that the multitude of those gathered

around Jesus and Mary in Paradise forms the Church

of heaven, where in eternal blessedness they see God

as he is and where they are also, to various degrees,

associated with the holy angels in the divine gover­

nance exercised by Christ in glory, by interceding for us

642

GS

39 § 2.

643

GS

39 § 3.

644

1 Cor

15:28.

645 St. Cyril of Jerusalem,

Catech. illum.

18, 29: PG 33, 1049.

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