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9. World

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Aquinas' argument for Ascension's "fittingness" begins with the claim that "the place ought to be in keeping with what is contained therein" and that an essentially "corruptible" world is not suited to "incorruptible" life upon which Christ entered as a result of resurrection. Echoing Augustine's own intervention into this debate, Aquinas suggests that by withdrawing from world in bodily presence Christ is able to be present to believers in a way that is more conducive to cultivation of faith, hope, and charity. Echoing Augustine's own intervention into this debate, Aquinas suggests that by withdrawing from world in bodily presence Christ is able to be present to believers in a way that is more conducive to cultivation of faith, hope, and charity. Christ's footprints precede the instant in which he bids farewell to Holy Land, which is precisely what Ignatius was about to do when he returned to Mount of Olives.

Keywords: corruptible; fittingness; incorruptible life; Aquinas; Augustine; Christ; Mount of Olives; World

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