‘The Life of the World to Come’

Giandomenico Mucci, SJ

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“The life of the world to come.” This detail in the profession of faith concludes the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed proclaimed at Mass on Sundays and on other solemnities. It is perhaps recited by the faithful without particular attention and without too much weight given to these words. “Eternity” is a word that has fallen into disuse. It has been observed, on the basis of some surveys, that the percentage of those who believe in a life beyond death is lower than that of those who believe in the existence of God. And with the horizon of eternity extinguished, the natural desire to live often becomes a frenzy to live pleasantly on earth, even at the expense of others.[1] How did this situation come about?

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