✟ God the Consummator ✟
For the Whole of Humanity
Revealed Truth (Defined Dogma)

The dead will rise again with the same bodies as they had on earth.

Lay Catechist Notes/Associated Doctrines
    It is believed that the glorified body will have the following properties:
    • it will be incapable of any type of suffering or physical evil like pain, sorrow and death,
    • it will possess the quality of subtility, that is, a spiritualized nature, which, however, is not to be conceived as a transformation of the body into a spiritual essence or as a refinement of the matter into an ethereal body - it has more to do with the spiritual soul having complete command and dominance over the physical body,
    • it will possess the quality of agility, that is, the capability of the body to obey the soul with the greatest ease and speed of movement (Christ manifested this capability when he appeared to the Apostles in the upper room even though the door was closed and locked),
    • it will possess the quality of clarity, that is, being free from everything deformed and being filled with beauty and radiance.

      Associated Catholic Doctrine(s):
      1. The bodies of the just will be remodeled and transfigured to the pattern of the risen Christ." (sententia certa)
      2. "The bodies of the godless will rise again in incorruption and immortality, but they will not be transfigured." (sententia certa)
Divine Revelation (Scriptural Proof)
  • 10After him the third was made a mocking stock, and when he was required, he quickly put forth his tongue, and courageously stretched out his hands: 11And said with confidence: These I have from heaven, but for the laws of God I now despise them: because I hope to receive them again from him. (2 Maccabees 7:10-11)
  • 52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall rise again incorruptible: and we shall be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption; and this mortal must put on immortality. 54And when this mortal hath put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. (1 Corinthians 15:52-54)
Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • 990 The term "flesh" refers to man in his state of weakness and mortality. The "resurrection of the flesh" (the literal formulation of the Apostles' Creed) means not only that the immortal soul will live on after death, but that even our "mortal body" will come to life again.
  • 997 What is "rising"? In death, the separation of the soul from the body, the human body decays and the soul goes to meet God, while awaiting its reunion with its glorified body. God, in his almighty power, will definitively grant incorruptible life to our bodies by reuniting them with our souls, through the power of Jesus' Resurrection.
  • 1017 "We believe in the true resurrection of this flesh that we now possess" (Council of Lyons II: DS 854). We sow a corruptible body in the tomb, but he raises up an incorruptible body, a "spiritual body" (cf. 1 Cor 15:42-44).
Ecumenical Council Documents
  • 4th General Council of the Lateran (1215)
    • 1. Confession of Faith
      • "He will come at the end of time to judge the living and the dead, to render to every person according to his works, both to the reprobate and to the elect.  All of them will rise with their own bodies, which they now wear , so as to receive according to their deserts, whether these be good or bad; for the latter perpetual punishment with the devil, for the former eternal glory with Christ."
Fathers and Doctors of the Church Documents
  • De Civitate Dei (Book 22) (426) - City of God - Augustine
    • Chapter 16: What is Meant by the Conforming of the Saints to the Image of The Son of God.
      • "It may also be understood thus, that as He was conformed to us by assuming mortality, we shall be conformed to Him by immortality; and this indeed is connected with the resurrection of the body.  But if we are also taught in these words what form our bodies shall rise in, as the measure we spoke of before, so also this conformity is to be understood not of size, but of age. Accordingly all shall rise in the stature they either had attained or would have attained had they lived to their prime, although it will be no great disadvantage even if the form of the body be infantine or aged, while no infirmity shall remain in the mind nor in the body itself. So that even if any one contends that every person will rise again in the same bodily form in which he died, we need not spend much labor in disputing with him ."
    • Chapter 20: That, in the Resurrection, the Substance of Our Bodies, However Disintegrated, Shall Be Entirely Reunited.
      • "From all that we have thus considered, and discussed with such poor ability as we can command, we gather this conclusion,  that in the resurrection of the flesh the body shall be of that size which it either had attained or should have attained in the flower of its youth, and shall enjoy the beauty that arises from preserving symmetry and proportion in all its members . And it is reasonable to suppose that, for the preservation of this beauty, any part of the body's substance, which, if placed in one spot, would produce a deformity, shall be distributed through the whole of it, so that neither any part, nor the symmetry of the whole, may be lost, but only the general stature of the body somewhat increased by the distribution in all the parts of that which, in one place, would have been unsightly. Or if it is contended that each will rise with the same stature as that of the body he died in, we shall not obstinately dispute this,  provided only there be no deformity, no infirmity, no languor, no corruption—nothing of any kind which would ill become that kingdom in which the children of the resurrection and of the promise shall be equal to the angels of God, if not in body and age, at least in happiness ."