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.
The first and most obvious question is whether the beatific vision is the right starting point for the development of a theology of grace?
Section 2 contains seven studies that present various aspects of Thomas's theological work, covering such topics as theological knowledge, the beatific vision, Christ's knowledge, the causality of Christ's Resurrection, Thomas on Isaiah, and Thomas's preaching.
The final chapter deals with classical questions of death, immortality of the soul, resurrection, the just mercy of God in judgment, and the beatific vision. It concludes by invoking Thomas Campanella's utopian vision of the City of the Sun.
Pius XII thought he had settled the matter with his statement in the encyclical Humani generis that "others corrupt the 'gratuity' of the supernatural order, since they hold that God could not create beings endowed with intellect without ordering and calling them to the beatific vision." (10) But de Lubac denied that this rebuke was intended for him, (11) and so the dispute continued.
'The task of the investigative body is to use the legal means in order to prove that our candidate [Darwin] for the beatification is already enjoying the beatific vision together with God and the saints,' he added.
'So the task of the investigative body is to use the legal means the juridico cannonical means in order to prove that our candidate for the beatification is already enjoying the beatific vision together with God and the saints.
What I remember from the Catholic teaching is that we have a 'beatific vision' of God in heaven, whatever that means.
The answer is yes to all of the above, says Hans Boersma, a professor of theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Delafield, Wisconsin and author of the new book Seeing Cod: The Beatific Vision in Christian Tradition (Eerdmans).
But he then uplifts us with a beatific vision of the alternate path, a path of forgiveness and compassion.