Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 271 Therefore, Lord, we pray: graciously accept this oblation of our service, that of your whole family, . . . order our days in your peace, and command that we be delivered from eternal damnation and counted among the flock of those you have chosen. 622 V. T he L ast J udgment 1038 The resurrection of all the dead, “of both the just and the unjust,” 623 will precede the Last Judgment. This will be “the hour when all who are in the tombs will hear [the Son of man’s] voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judg- ment.” 624 Then Christ will come “in his glory, and all the angels with him . . . . Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. . . . And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” 625 1039 In the presence of Christ, who is Truth itself, the truth of each man’s relationship with God will be laid bare. 626 The Last Judgment will reveal even to its furthest consequences the good each person has done or failed to do during his earthly life: All that the wicked do is recorded, and they do not know. When “our God comes, he does not keep silence.” . . . he will turn towards those at his left hand: . . .” I placed my poor little ones on earth for you. I as their head was seated in heaven at the right hand of my Father—but on earth my members were suffering, my members on earth were in need. If you gave anything to my members, what you gave would reach their Head. Would that you had known that my little ones were in need when I placed them on earth for you and appointed them your stewards to bring your good works into my treasury. But you have placed nothing in their hands; therefore you have found nothing in my pres- ence.” 627 622 Roman Missal, EP I (Roman Canon) 87. 623 Acts 24:15. 624 Jn 5:28-29. 625 Mt 25:31, 32, 46. 626 Cf. Jn 12:49. 627 St. Augustine, Sermo 18, 4: PL 38, 130-131; cf. Ps 50:3. 678-679 1001, 998 678