The Dead in Christ Will Rise

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“Christ, the hope of all who have faith… ‘For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise.’ (cf 1 Thes. 4:16)
May this hope of resurrection put heart into us since we shall see again in heaven those whom we lose on earth. All we have to do is to believe firmly in Christ and obey his commandments. Such is his power that he can raise the dead more easily than we can arouse the sleeping. …
O unfeeling death, cruelly pulling asunder those who are joined together, and parting those who are united in friendship! But now is your power destroyed and your godless yoke shattered by him who gave you stern warning when he said through Hosea, ‘O death I will be your death.’ To which we add our own taunts in the words of the Apostle, ‘O death, where is your victory? O death where is your sting?’ He who conquered you is our redeemer. …” ~From the letters of St Braulio of Saragossa

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