1057 Hell’s principal punishment consists of eternal separation from God in whom alone man can have the life and happinessfor which he was created and for which he longs. 1058 The Church prays that no one should be lost: ‘Lord, let me never be parted from you.’ If it is true that no one can save himself, it is also true that God ‘desires all men to be saved’ (i Tim 2:4), and thatfor him ‘all things are possible’ (Mt 19:26).

1059 ‘The holy Roman Church firmly believes and confesses that on the Day of Judgement all men will appear in their own bodies before Christ’s tribunal to render an account of their own deeds’ (Council of Lyons 1111274]: DS 859; cf DS 1549). 1060 At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness. Then the just will reign with Christ for ever, glorified in body and soul, and the material universe itself will be transformed. God will then be ‘all in all’ (i Cor 75:28), in eternal life.


1061 The Creed, like the last book of the Bible,6~~ ends with the Hebrew word amen. This word frequently concludes prayers in 2856 the New Testament. The Church likewise ends her prayers with ‘Amen’. 1062 In Hebrew, amen comes from the same root as the word for ‘believe’. This root expresses solidity, trustworthiness, faithfulness. And so we can understand why ‘Amen’ may express both God’s faithfulness towards us and our trust in him. 214 1063 In the book of the prophet Isaiah, we find the expression ‘God of truth’ (literally ‘God of the Amen’), that is, the God who is faithful to his promises: ‘He who blesses himself in the land shall 215 bless himself by the God of truth (amen).’6~~ Our Lord often used the word ‘Amen’, sometimes repeated,6~6 to emphasize the trustworthiness of his teaching, his authority founded on God’s 156 truth. 1064 Thus the Creed’s final ‘Amen’ repeats and confirms its first words: ‘I believe.’ To believe is to say ‘Amen’ to God’s words, promises and commandments; to entrust oneself completely to him who is the ‘Amen’ of infinite love and perfect faithfulness.