Catechism of the Catholic Church

274 Part One 1049 “Far from diminishing our concern to develop this earth, the expectancy of a new earth should spur us on, for it is here that the body of a new human family grows, foreshadowing in some way the age which is to come. That is why, although we must be careful to distinguish earthly progress clearly from the increase of the kingdom of Christ, such progress is of vital concern to the kingdom of God, insofar as it can contribute to the better ordering of human society.” 642 1050 “When we have spread on earth the fruits of our nature and our enterprise . . . according to the command of the Lord and in his Spirit, we will find them once again, cleansed this time from the stain of sin, illuminated and transfigured, when Christ presents to his Father an eternal and universal kingdom.” 643 God will then be “all in all” in eternal life: 644 True and subsistent life consists in this: the Father, through the Son and in the Holy Spirit, pouring out his heavenly gifts on all things without exception. Thanks to his mercy, we too, men that we are, have received the inalienable promise of eternal life. 645 IN BRIEF 1051 Every man receives his eternal recompense in his im­ mortal soul from the moment of his death in a particu­ lar judgment by Christ, the judge of the living and the dead. 1052 “We believe that the souls of all who die in Christ’s grace . . . are the People of God beyond death. On the day of resurrection, death will be definitively con­ quered, when these souls will be reunited with their bodies” (Paul VI, CPG § 28). 1053 “We believe that the multitude of those gathered around Jesus and Mary in Paradise forms the Church of heaven, where in eternal blessedness they see God as he is and where they are also, to various degrees, associated with the holy angels in the divine gover­ nance exercised by Christ in glory, by interceding for us 642 GS 39 § 2. 643 GS 39 § 3. 644 1 Cor 15:28. 645 St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catech. illum. 18, 29: PG 33, 1049. 2820 1709 260