What does the term “heart” signify in the context of the human soul?

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In the context of the human soul, the term “heart” signifies the depths of one’s being where one decides for or against God. The spiritual tradition of the Church also emphasizes the heart, in the biblical sense of the depths of one's being, where the person decides for or against God. (CCC 368) The Church

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What does the term “spirit” mean when applied to man?

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When applied to man, the term “spirit” means that 1. from creation man is ordered to a supernatural end 2. man’s soul can gratuitously be raised to communion with God. The distinction between “soul” and “spirit” does not introduce a duality into the soul. Sometimes the soul is distinguished from the spirit: St. Paul for

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What happens to the soul at death?

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At death the soul does not die but it separates from the body and will be reunited with it at the resurrection of the flesh. Thus, death is the separation of the soul from the body. The Bible is primarily a book about life. It tells us how to experience everlasting life, and also how

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Is the spiritual soul of a human being produced by his parents?

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No, the spiritual soul of a human being is not produced by his parents, but is created immediately by God. The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God - it is not "produced" by the parents - and also that it is immortal: it does not perish when it separates from

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Are spirit and matter in man two natures united?

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No, spirit and matter in man are not two natures united, but their union forms one single nature. The unity of soul and body is so profound that one has to consider the soul to be the "form" of the body: i.e., it is because of its spiritual soul that the body made of matter

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What does it mean that “the soul is the form of the body”?

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That “the soul is the form of the body” means that the material body becomes a living, human body because of its spiritual soul. The unity of soul and body is so profound that one has to consider the soul to be the "form" of the body: i.e., it is because of its spiritual soul

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Why does the human race form a unity from the beginning?

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Because of its common origin the human race forms a unity, for "from one ancestor [God] made all nations to inhabit the whole earth": O wondrous vision, which makes us contemplate the human race in the unity of its origin in God. . . in the unity of its nature, composed equally in all men of a

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Why did God create all things for man?

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God created all things for man so that man could offer all creation back to God. God created everything for man, but man in turn was created to serve and love God and to offer all creation back to him: What is it that is about to be created, that enjoys such honor? It is

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What is the difference between the “seventh” and the “eighth” day of creation?

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The difference between the “seventh” and the “eighth” day of creation is that the seventh day completes the first creation while the eighth day begins the new creation. But for us a new day has dawned: the day of Christ's Resurrection. The seventh day completes the first creation. The eighth day begins the new creation.

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What is the “eighth day” of creation?

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The eighth day. But for us a new day has dawned: the day of Christ's Resurrection. The seventh day completes the first creation. The eighth day begins the new creation. Thus, the work of creation culminates in the greater work of redemption. The first creation finds its meaning and its summit in the new creation

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