"For the are, among Catholic Theologians, two rival views on this matter. There is the classical view, the view of the vast majority of the theologians, which maintains a real identity of bodily substance; and there is the view of a minority, which regards such material identity as unnecessary. Both parties agree, of course, that there is a complete identity of soul; and both parties agree that the soul is the “predominant partner” and is the chief factor in the determination of personal identity. But, while the minority would make it the sole factor and effective cause of personal identity, the majority require along with it a coefficient of identical material substance. Let us illustrate the matter from ordinary human life.
“A man preserves, throughout his life, his personal identity. That identity rests, in the first place, on identity of soul. The conscious life, knit together by memory, is continuous from beginning to end, and the man himself recognizing this continuous experience his identity with himself. But such spiritual identity is not the whole of the matter, just as man is not a pure spirit, but a being composed of body and soul. So that there is also a psycho-physical identity based on the life of the senses and on every vital process of the organism. Let us call this, to distinguish it from the other, vital identity. It is true, of course, that the soul vitalizes and controls the whole human energy, and yet it will be useful here to distinguish between purely spiritual activity and the mixed activities of the whole human complex. We recognize, then, a living man, not merely an identity of soul, but an identity of his complete self, an identity of not only in the functions mind, but in every function of the sensitive organism. Physiologists say that the substance of which the body is composed is continually changing, and St. Thomas Aquinas also recognizes a constant flux of matter. But it is a plain fact of experience that this process, however constant and however complete, does not interrupt the vital identity. Though atoms and molecules may change, yet the unitary life persists, and the organism goes on uninterruptedly to the dissolution of death, preserving a continuous vital identity, while apparently wholly indifferent to the material “stuff” which it now appropriates and now discards.” - The Teaching of the Catholic Church, vol. II, ch. XXXIV, pp 1233, 1949.
Now, it may seem like a minor point, and perhaps it is, but, the point that I was trying to make is that the body does nothing by itself, un-combined with its soul. Our bodies don’t rise like zombies, pure flesh and bone. Likewise, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ was not a resurrection of his physical body first, then later his God-ness gets recomposed with it. Both Resurrected together, in full vital identity.
That was my point, otherwise some might think we’re saying that the body resurrects - without its identity, like a zombie; and, at some later point, it is re-inhabited by its former soul. That is not the case as the above illustrates - even though it is leaning to explain that it is not just the soul that rises. (Which wasn’t my point either.)
And there is no sense of waiting, without a sense of time.
There must be. Otherwise there is no reason to pray to God for the quick release of our soul, and the souls of other departed, from purgatory. If there’s “no waiting,” what would be the problem with being there indefinitely?
“In purgatory, the soul longs to suffer in order to be clean, to suffer in order to reach God.” - ibid. pp. 1151 So, though it is not “time” as we currently perceive it, it is a longing and a longing isn’t over in a split second. Furthermore, there may yet be un-atoned for sins, that must be atoned for, in order to reach the perfection which is our redeemed nature, even after our acquisition of the fullness of love that signals the end of the longing period… This may entail another time measure, a further period of painful deprivation from God. This is what I call a “waiting period.”
(See TS Aquinas’ post above.)