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St. Thomas Aquinas
Catechetical Instructions

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  • THE THIRD COMMANDMENT: "Remember that You Keep Holy the Sabbath Day."
    • THE HEAVENLY SABBATH
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THE HEAVENLY SABBATH62

 

And then after all these things the soul rests peacefully in God: "If thou

call the Sabbath delightful . . . then shalt thou be delighted in the

Lord,"63 The Saints gave up everything to possess this rest, "for it is a

pearl of great price which a man having found, hid it, and for joy thereof

goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field."64 This rest in

truth is eternal life and heavenly joy: "This is my rest for ever and ever;

here will I dwell, for I have chosen it."65 And to this rest may the Lord

bring us all!

 

 

 




62. "The heavenly Sabbalh, as St. Cyril observes on the words of St. Paul,

'There remaineth therefore a day of rest for the people of God' (Eph., v. 8), is that life in which, living with Christ, we shall experience all joy

and all sin will be wiped away ("In Joan.," lib. 4). And in this vision of

God the souls of the saints shall obtain every good" ("Roman Catechism,"

"loc. cit.," 16).

 



63. Isa., lviii. 13-14.

 



64. Matt., xiii. 44-46.

 



65. Ps. cxxxi. 14.




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