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3 years ago  ::  Nov 29, 2011 - 4:41AM #1
danhoward01
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I am an Anthropology student (my emphasis is in Archaeology) with an interest in medieval England. Because of my focus, I find myself very drawn to understanding the Catholic faith. I have been to a few masses and have a lot of respect for the Catholic church for many reasons, not least among which being that they are one of the very few Christian faiths left with a logically consistent doctrine (not to put down other faiths, I extend my greatest respect to any person of real faith in an increasingly faithless world).

That being said, I am preparing a paper for one of my classes, and would very much appreciate it if someone here could give me an accurate (and as complete as possible) picture of Catholic beliefs regarding the soul after the death of the body.

Being somewhat ignorant of Catholic doctrine in this area I would ask for anything you could explain, but I am specifically interested in knowing what happens to the good, the bad, and those that are somewhere in between; what becomes of those who had no opportunity for learning and acting on essential truths in this life; are there stages in the after life, and what those may entail; what people will be doing; and what is the nature of their existence (is there a resurrection of the body or just the spirit, do we maintain memories and relationships from this life, etc.)

I thank you in advance for your responses.

with gratitude,
-Dan
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3 years ago  ::  Nov 29, 2011 - 5:37AM #2
Mysty101
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Hi Dan,


Welcome to our forum.


Click here for a link to the section of the Catholic Catechism on death.  Read through it, and then come back, if you have more questions.  I'll answer what I can.


SuZ


 

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3 years ago  ::  Nov 29, 2011 - 12:12PM #3
danhoward01
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Thank you very much, that was incredibly useful. One thing I could not find, however, was what heaven would actually be like, and what people do there. Is there an accepted catholic view on this, or is this generally viewed as a mystery?

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3 years ago  ::  Nov 30, 2011 - 10:20AM #4
Mysty101
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It  is mostly a mystery.   From the book of revelation we get images of much praise and worship 


Rev 4 [8] “And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all round and within, and day and night they never cease to sing, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"


I'll check my sources and see if I can get any more info.


SuZ

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3 years ago  ::  Nov 30, 2011 - 10:40AM #5
Mysty101
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