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The 16 Documents of Vatican II


 142:   Based on the Vatican II document 
Gaudium et Spes (Church in the world) 

This article speaks about the life to come:

"We do not know the time for the consummation of the earth and of humanity,
nor do we know how all things will be transformed.
As deformed by sin, the shape of this world will pass away;
but we are taught that God is preparing a new dwelling place and a new earth where justice will abide,
and whose blessedness will answer and surpass all the longings for peace which spring up in the human heart.
Then, with death overcome, the children of God will be raised up in Christ,
and what was sown in weakness and corruption will be invested with incorruptibility.
Enduring with charity and its fruits, all that creation which God made on our account
will be unchained from the bondage of vanity.

Therefore, while we are warned that it profits us nothing if we gain the whole world and lose ourselves,
the expectation of a new earth must not weaken but rather stimulate our concern for cultivating this one.
For here grows the body of a new human family,
a body which even now is able to give some kind of foreshadowing of the new age."

Marana tha! Come Lord Jesus, come!


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