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.’6’” God will then be

‘all in all’ in eternal l~.fr:642

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.6~~


1051 Every man receives his eternal recompense in his immortal soul from the moment of his death in a particular judgement 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 conquered, 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 governance exercised by Christ in glory, by interceding for us and helping our weakness by their fraternal concern’ (Paul VI, CPG § 29). 1054 Those who die in God’s grace and friendship imperfectly purified, although they are assured of their eternal salvation, undergo a pur~fication after death, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of God.

1055 By virtue of the ‘communion of saints’ , the Church commends the dead to God’s mercy and offers her prayers, especially the holy sacr~fice of the Eucharist, on their behalf

1056 Following the example of Christ, the Church warns the faithful of the ‘sad and lamentable reality of eternal death’ (GCD 69), also called ‘hell’.