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Catechism in a Year

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

214. In what does the final judgment consist?

The final or universal judgment consists in a sentence of happiness or eternal condemnation, which the Lord Jesus will issue in regard to the "just and the unjust" (Acts 24:15) when he returns as the Judge of the living and the dead. After the last judgment, the resurrected body will share in the retribution which the soul received at the particular judgment.

Further reading: CCC 1038-1041, 1058-1059

215. When will this judgment occur?

This judgment will come at the end of the world and only God knows the day and the hour.

Further reading: CCC 1040

216. What is the hope of the new heavens and the new earth?

After the final judgment the universe itself, freed from its bondage to decay, will share in the glory of Christ with the beginning of "the new heavens" and a "new earth" (2 Peter 3:13). Thus, the fullness of the Kingdom of God will come about, that is to say, the definitive realization of the salvific plan of God to "unite all things in Christ, things in heaven and things of earth" (Ephesians 1:10). God will then be "all in all" (1 Corinthians 15:28) in eternal life.

Further reading: CCC 1042-1050, 1060

These excerpts are from the Compendium of the CCC
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