Beatific vision


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(Theol.) the immediate sight of God in heaven.

See also: Vision

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He seemed, at times, so lost in the beatific vision, that he forgot my stumblings in the philological darkness, till I appealed to him for help.
Moreover, I said, you must not wonder that those who attain to this beatific vision are unwilling to descend to human affairs; for their souls are ever hastening into the upper world where they desire to dwell; which desire of theirs is very natural, if our allegory may be trusted.
It must be a happy land, that England of yours," Irais remarked after a while with a sigh--a beatific vision no doubt presenting itself to her mind of a land full of washerwomen and agile gentlemen darting at door-handles.
He believed that in equating the supernatural with the miraculous one lost sight of a certain natural orientation to the receiving of grace and ultimately the beatific vision, which for him lay at the heart of the natural desire.
His pen portraits of notable contemporaries are pithy and incisive, as when he describes Evelyn Waugh as "an antique in search of a period, a snob in search of a class; perhaps even a mystic in search of a beatific vision.
Catholic teaching, like that of other denominations, would say that apocalypticism is part of our traditional faith--that there will eventually be a return of Christ, a general resurrection, a judgment, and a new age--Heaven, the Beatific Vision.
THOMAS AQUINAS HELD that the true ultimate end of human beings is God alone, attained by the beatific vision (a thesis I will call "TUEGABV").
In his presumption, he affirmed that he could attain the beatific vision through his own powers.
In the second section I take the opportunity to correct certain misapprehensions that Ormerod reveals on the questions of the beatific vision and of efficient causality in grace.
Pierre Toussaint, born in 1766 in what is now Haiti, sailed to New York with his master in 1787; died in the odour of sanctity in his house on Franklin Street in Manhattan on June 30, 1853; and now lives happily forever in Heaven, enjoying for all eternity the beatific vision of God in the glorious company of the angels and saints.
It is the eschatological "light of glory" by which we shall know as we are known, in the state of blessedness usually referred to as the beatific vision.
1) This structure provides an integration of theologies of beatific vision, grace, and incarnation within a fully trinitarian perspective.