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.
Bernadette, absorbed by the beatific vision, fixed her gaze at the Lady.
Storks uses this beatific vision of family planning as a backdrop to parallel journeys of self-discovery for a stork and a teenager.
He covers God in Kant's early and later thought, created freedom, creating freedom: Kant's theological solution, interpreting Kant: three objections, the dancer and the dance: divine action and human freedom, and becoming divine: autonomy and the beatific vision.
On 20 June 1978, he returned to his great shepherd, to enjoy the beatific vision.
19) Father Fortin acknowledges that Henriette must have suffered "morally" and that she lived her entire life in the belief of the Beatific Vision.
Also, even the blessed in heaven, while enjoying the beatific vision, are in a state of existential anxiety over their final state prior to resurrection (188-90).
In the Catholic Church tradition, today we honor our beloved dead who have attained the beatific vision, as inspiringly declared by Christ in the famous Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount in today's Gospel-coming face to face with God in total joy, peace and love.
This teaching began to change in the 12th century (700 years later) when Abelard agreed that unbaptized infants would not share in the beatific vision, but also argued that they would not be subjected to other eternal punishments.
Torre's "Maritain on the Natural Desire to See God: Reflections Appreciative and Critical" shows how Maritain both agrees and differs with Thomas on the possibility of seeing the beatific vision, "on the basis of our inherent intellectual inclination and the principle that it is impossible that such a desire be frustrated.