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St. Thomas Aquinas
Catechetical Instructions

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  • THE ELEVENTH ARTICLE: "The Resurrection of the Body."
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CONDITION OF THE DAMNED

 

It must also be known that the condition of the damned will be the exact

contrary to that of the blessed. Theirs is the state of eternal punishment,

which has a fourfold evil condition. The bodies of the damned will not be

brilliant: "Their countenances shall be as faces burnt." 20 Likewise they

shall be passible, because they shall never deteriorate and, although

burning eternally in fire, they shall never be consumed: "Their worm shall

not die and their fire shall not be quenched."21 They will be weighed down,

and the soul of the damned will be as it were chained therein: "To bind

their kings with fetters, and their nobles with manacles of iron."22

Finally, they will be in a certain manner fleshly both in soul and body:

"The beasts have rotted in their dung."23

 

 

 

 




20. Isa., xiii. 8.

 



21. "Ibid., lxvi. 24.

 



22. Ps. cxlix. 8.

 



23. Joel, i. 17.




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