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St. Thomas Aquinas
Catechetical Instructions

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Seven gifts of Eternal Glory
 
By the reception of these Sacraments, man is led to future eternal glory 
which consists in seven gifts, three of the soul and four of the body. The 
first gift given to the soul is the vision of God in His essence, according 
to the words: "We shall see Him as He is."36 The second gift is 
comprehension, or that understanding of God as the reward of our merits: 
"So run that you may obtain."37 The third is perfect enjoyment, wherein we 
shall have full happiness in God: "Then shalt thou abound in delights of 
the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face to God."38
 
The first gift which shall be enjoyed by the body is that of 
impassibility,39 for "this corruptible must put on incorruption."40 The 
second gift is brilliancy: "Then shall the just shine as the sun, in the 
kingdom of their Father."41 The third is agility, through which they can 
instantly be present wheresoever they wish: "They shall run to and fro like 
sparks among the reeds."42 The fourth is the gift of subtility, whereby 
they can penetrate wherever they desire: "It is sown a natural body, it 
shall rise a spiritual body."43 To all of which may He lead us, who liveth 
and reigneth forever and ever! Amen.
 
 
 


 




36
. I John, iii. 2.
 


37
. I Cor., ix. 24.
 


38
. Job, xxii. 26.
 


39
. For another description of these gifts, see above, p. 61.
 


40
. I Cor., xv. 53
 


41
. Matt., xiii. 43.
 


42
. Wis., iii. 7
 


43. I Cor., xv. 14.




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