However, efforts to grapple with resurrection are still valuable, because they remind us that our body — with its crooked nose, stretch marks and other imperfections — is a gift from God, he added.
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"We ask the help of the Holy Spirit, who draws us out of selfishness and ignorance," he said. "Renewed by him, we can think and act according to God’s heart and show his mercy to those who suffer in body and spirit."
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