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Old 2nd February 2010, 12:40 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Default unequal rewards and punishments

Council of Florence: "Also, the souls of those who have incurred no stain of sin whatsoever after baptism, as well as souls who after incurring the stain of sin have been cleansed whether in their bodies [i.e. in this life] or outside their bodies [i.e. in Purgatory], as was stated above, are straightaway received into heaven and clearly behold the triune God as he is, yet one person more perfectly than another according to the difference of their merits. "

Our reward in Heaven is greater or lesser according to our knowingly chosen acts in this life. Even our vision of God in Heaven, is greater or lesser according to the reward due to us.

Council of Florence: "But the souls of those who depart this life in actual mortal sin, or in original sin alone, go down straightaway to hell to be punished, but with unequal pains."

The punishment of the damned in Hell is greater or lesser, according to their knowingly chosen acts in this life.
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Old 2nd February 2010, 01:00 PM
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Great indeed! This is the justice of God

Ron, i have a question hereby: when you say "one more perfect in heaven than another", to which extent it applies?

-More happiness?
-More knowledge?
-More love to God?
-More glory?
-More virtues?

Thank you.
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Old 2nd February 2010, 02:04 PM
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-More happiness?
-More knowledge?
-More love to God?
-More glory?
-More virtues?

Yes, more of all those things.
One soul in Heaven is like a thimble, completely filled with water, but less.
Another soul in Heaven is like a glass, completely filled with water, but more.
And another is like a bucked, completely filled, even more so.

No one is unhappy in Heaven, all are completely happy. But a greater soul has a greater ability for happiness and for all the virtues.
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Old 2nd February 2010, 03:36 PM
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Default What a prize awaits...

To strive to be with one's God, despite one's weakness and sin;
To dream of a future home with one's Creator, despite too often being a creator of wrong and distance from that very same Creator

To feel like the prodigal son/daughter with every sin and loving Him so much as to overcome any feelings of pride or shame in returning home

To feel the grasp of His Presence as the reward for seeing Him above the ruins of this earth

How wonderful it must be to finally reach Heaven.
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