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Catholic Word of the Day: EVITERNITY, 07-21-10 ^ | 07-21-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 07/21/2010 10:23:28 AM PDT by Salvation

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Duration with periodic or irregular intervals of change in such creatures as angels or the material universe. It is midway between the changeless duration of eternity, posses only by God, and the constant change of time seen in individual beings. (Etym. Latin aevum, never-ending time.)

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No, this isn't a typo. New word for me. I'm thinking the word 'possess' should be 'possessed'.

Your thoughts?

1 posted on 07/21/2010 10:23:32 AM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 07/21/2010 10:26:34 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
I thought the word of the day itself was a typo.

Either that, or like opening up my email and finding endless "e-vites" from people I would rather not spend more time with than is absolutely, positively necessary.

3 posted on 07/21/2010 10:36:57 AM PDT by MaggieCarta (I'm never fully dressed without a snark.)
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To: Salvation

Definitely a new word to I looked around google for a better definition

I found it on a Catholic web site ( the dictionaries all define it as eternity )

I think I understand it from this definition

4 posted on 07/21/2010 10:38:02 AM PDT by RnMomof7 (sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me)
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To: RnMomof7
God has no time line. Humans do because of the world we live in. I think that is the essence of this term.

From the website you linked (Thanks):

Eviternity and Time

What measures the duration of separated souls? [181] We must distinguish three kinds of duration: time, eternity, and an intermediate kind of duration, which is called eviternity.

On earth our duration is measured by continuous time, which is itself the measure of continuous movement, especially of the apparent movement of the sun. It is thus that we distinguish hours, days, years, and centuries. When the soul is separated from the body and is not yet beatified, it has a double kind of duration: eviternity and discontinuous time. Eviternity measures what is immutable in angels and separated souls. It is the measure of their substance, of their natural knowledge of self and God. Eviternity excludes succession. It is a perpetual present. Yet it differs from eternity, because it has had a beginning, and because it is united to discontinuous time which presupposes past and future.

Discontinuous time, then, is opposed to continuous or solar time. It is found in angels and separated souls, as the measure of successive thoughts and affections. One thought lasts for one spiritual instant. The following thought has its own spiritual instant. To illustrate: here on earth a person in ecstasy can remain two solar hours, or many hours, in one sole thought which represents to it one sole spiritual instant. Similarly, history characterizes different centuries, for example, the thirteenth or the seventeenth, by the ideas which predominate in each of these centuries. Thus we speak of the century of St. Louis, of the century of Louis XIV. Hence a spiritual instant, in the lives of angels and separated souls, can last many days, even many years, measured by our solar time, just as a person in ecstasy can remain thirty successive hours absorbed in one single thought.

5 posted on 07/21/2010 11:48:19 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Interesting. I didn’t know there was such a thing.

6 posted on 07/21/2010 1:04:42 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("I hate other cultures. Everyone is rude and they never wash or use deodorant."~Anoreth)
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If we aren’t learning something new every day — we are six feet under! LOL!

BTW, don’t get in a rut.......What’s a rut?

A grave with the ends kicked out.

7 posted on 07/21/2010 3:56:32 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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