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The beatific vision is obviously a created act inherent in the soul, and not, as a few of the older theologians thought, the uncreated act of God's own intellect communicated to the soul.
The number of objects seen directly in God cannot be increased unless the beatific vision itself be intensified; but the number of things seen in God as their cause may be greater of smaller, or it may very without any corresponding change in the vision itself.
The beatific vision itself may be called a remote cause of impeccability; for by granting so wondrous a token of His love, God may be said to undertake the obligation of guarding from all sin those whom He so highly favours, whether by refusing all co-operation to evil acts or in some other manner.
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 Definition of Vision from dictionary.net
Arc of vision (Astron.), the arc which measures the least distance from the sun at which, when the sun is below the horizon, a star or planet emerging from his rays becomes visible.
Direct vision (Opt.), vision when the image of the object falls directly on the yellow spot (see under Yellow); also, vision by means of rays which are not deviated from their original direction.
Reflected vision, or Refracted vision, vision by rays reflected from mirrors, or refracted by lenses or prisms, respectively.
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And thus for this knowledge of God or beatific vision, it is necessary to bring together besides the human intellect also the light of glory and God's essence and the divine persons with his perfections.
Likewise this beatific vision is not a free act, but necessary, both as far as an exercise, and as far as a type of act, and so from this vision blessed humans will never cease, nor are they able to cease.
Meanwhile that beatific vision of God is in truth also this, that it makes a human a participant of the highest good, thus it draws the same into the lot itself, so that the human is made greatly similar to God.
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The object of the Beatific Vision is outside and beyond all the objects of corporeal vision; in such a way that it would involve a contradiction to suppose that the essence of God could be seen by a bodily act.
It is of faith that the Light of glory is required for the Beatific Vision of God, as defined in the Council of Vienne, in the condemnation of the errors of the Beguards and Beguins.
The Beatific Vision corresponds to faith in this life, as it is its reward; therefore the blessed will see in heaven everything which they believe here, and unless they were to see the attributes of God as well as His essence, their desire would not be fuly satisfied; and they would not be perfectly happy.
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 The Good of Religion, the Beatific Vision and Human Fulfillment in Germain Grisez | ThomasHurley.com
The beatific vision is not a gift that lifts up to a previously unimaginable level the human relationship with God, but rather is something entirely different from the human relationship with God, and thus only indirectly related to the basic human good of religion.
He maintained that the blessed attain divine goodness in the beatific vision, which he regarded as a human intellectual act of knowing what God is. He argued that the created intellect can see God, because a natural desire cannot be in vain and 'every intellect naturally desires vision of the divine substance.'...
One possible source of theological difficulty in the position of Grisez on the beatific vision is that he appears perhaps to be taking the idea of "sharing" or "participating" in the divine nature in a very strict sense, leading him to the conclusion that they cannot be attained by us insofar as we are human.
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 Benedictus Deus
Moreover, by this vision and enjoyment the souls of those who have already died are truly blessed and have eternal life and rest.
Such a vision and enjoyment of the divine essence do away with the acts of faith and hope in these souls, inasmuch as faith and hope are properly theological virtues.
And after such intuitive and face-to-face vision and enjoyment has or will have begun for these souls, the same vision and enjoyment has continued and will continue without any interruption and without end until the last Judgment and from then on forever.
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 The Beatific Vision, Prof. Michael Lapierre
[The beatific vision is] the supernatural act of the created intellect by which the beatified angels and (human) souls are united to God in a direct, intuitive and clear knowledge of the Triune God as He is in Himself.
These Christians are not outrightly denying the existence of the vision of God as the end of human life but their efforts to grasp it and their explanations of it fall short of the full revelation of the mystery.
Through this blessed vision the blessed are united with God in a direct, intuitive and clear knowledge of the Triune God as He is in Himself.
www.catholic-church.org /grace/western/scholars/lap98tbv.htm   (2892 words)

 MATTHIAS SCHEEBEN ON FAITH: The Doctoral Dissertation of John Courtney Murray   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
inner relation of the theological faith to the beatific vision, which is as decisive for the supernatural character of faith as it is for the supernatural character of revelation....
Nevertheless, for all their differences, both faith and vision are genuine participations in that knowledge of God which is the natural privilege of His Divine Son; both faith and vision are a share in the divine light, which illumines the God-head as such.
Into this scheme of course the beatific vision, which is the fulfillment of faith, and whose light is imperfectly shared in faith, is introduced for its supreme illustrative value.
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(2) It is of faith that the beatific vision <../cathen/02364a.htm> is supernatural, that it transcends the powers and claims of created nature, of angels as well as of men.
Hence in the former place he obviously supposes that man knowsfrom revelation both the possibility of the beatific vision and his destiny to enjoy it.
The blessed comprehend God neither intensively nor extensively—not intensively, because their vision has not that infinite clearness with which God is knowable and with which He knows Himself, nor extensively, because their vision does not actually and clearly extend to everything that God sees in His Essence.
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 EDITOR'S CHOICE: Face to Face with God
This is one of the scripture texts from which we derive the concept of the beatific vision, or heaven.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, "The beatific vision, in which God opens himself in an inexhaustible way to the elect, will be the ever-flowing wellspring of happiness, peace and mutual communion" (no. 1045).
With the promise of this beatific vision, we strive now to better know Christ, who is "God with Us." Through him, we draw ever closer to that perfect communication which the beatified, the saints in heaven, now fully share-- with God and with all who live in God.
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 W. B. Yeats and "A Vision": Terminology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The title A Vision is used to refer to the two separate editions of the work in as much as they constitute a single, connected whole or set of concepts, otherwise they are referred to as A Vision A (or AV A) and A Vision B (or AV B); see The Two Editions.
The Critical Moment represents a moment of the greatest freedom within an individual life, where the intellect is able to analyse the aims and actions initiated, probably with the help of the Daimonic mind, and the individual is able to act with as much free will as he or she is capable of.
The Critical Moment is not always reached, and even if it is, this process may be repeated without the individual reaching the third stage of Beatific Vision, where the individual moves into a form of greater wholeness, and possibly Unity of Being.
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 CHAPTER X   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The immense value of the Beatific Vision or the soul's ascent to God Our Father is not in the experience itself like someone evaluating a vacation trip to one of the seven wonders of the world.
From time to time I wondered about this until it dawned on me that the subject of the Beatific Vision could only be rightfully and properly expressed in a musical form because music is the language of the heart and of the soul, while mere literary words are the language of the intellect.
The first theme is the minor one which is the vision of Jesus, not as you might imagine him to be from the paintings you have seen or the illustrated holy cards or statues but rather as he actually is now in the present in his Heavenly Transfigured Body.
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 Discursus on Christ’s Beatific Knowledge, by Andrew Nimmo - Universitas Vol 3 No 1 (1999)
The beatific knowledge of Christ’s human intellect commenced at the Incarnation and was never suspended.
It surpassed that of the angels, for the beatific vision is not measured by the intellect of the beneficiary, but by the degree of habitual grace in the subject.
This vision which Christ could not lack if he were to impart it to others and which flowed, as it were, from his divinity into his human soul meant that Christ had the greatest, uninterrupted happiness.
www.cts.org.au /1999/christsbeatificknowledge.htm   (519 words)

 New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Vol. II: Basilica - Chambers | Christian Classics Ethereal ...
BEATIFIC VISION: The direct and unhindered vision of God, which is part of the reserved blessedness of the redeemed (I Cor.
The conception of its nature must necessarily be very vague, but belief in its existence is said to be founded upon Scripture and reason.
According to the view prevalent among Roman Catholic theologians, the vision, though essentially complete before the resurrection, is not integrally so until the soul is reunited to the glorified body (consult H. Hurter, Theologiæ dogmaticæ compendium, vol.
www.ccel.org /ccel/schaff/encyc02.beatific_vision.html   (119 words)

 Beatific vision - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Roman Catholic theology, the beatific vision is the direct perception of God enjoyed by those who are in Heaven, imparting supreme happiness or blessedness.
In Catholic theology, the intercession of saints is valid because those who have died in the faith are with God in Heaven and enjoy the Beatific Vision, i.e., unmediated access to God's presence.
The Beatific Vision is the final reward for those saints elect by God to partake in and "enjoy the same happiness wherewith God is happy, seeing Him in the way which He sees Himself" in the next life.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Beatific_vision   (482 words)

 Church History Lecture 17
This vision is called beatific, because it completely fills with joy those who possess it.
Status in Purgatory moving one closer to the Beatific Vision can be accomplished only through the penance of loved ones still living on earth.
The souls in purgatory suffer from a great longing to be united to God, and from other great pains...their chief pain is the deprivation of the Beatific Vision, the vision of God in the glory of heaven....
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 PURGATORY, Pains of Purgatory
The pain of loss (that is, the pain of delay in coming to the beatific vision) is the greater of the two types of pain in purgatory.
Besides the pain arising from unrequited desire, deprivation of the beatific vision of God causes another great torment to the Suffering Souls: this results from the consciousness that it is not God's fault, but their own, that they cannot enter heaven; it is a consequence of their sins.
Temporary deprivation of God's vision is the soul's punishment in Purgatory for having, on earth, turned away from God, its supreme good; but the soul also sinned by turning to created things and enjoying in their possession a spurious delight and satisfaction.
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 FIRST THINGS: On the Square
But the doctrine that all unbaptized infants are saved and enjoy the beatific vision lacks foundation not only in Scripture but also in the Catholic tradition.
Similarly, the fathers and doctors of the Church who considered the problem are nearly unanimous in affirming that the souls of unbaptized children do not enjoy the beatific vision.
The teaching that unbaptized children enjoy the beatific vision, therefore, not only lacks foundation in the Catholic tradition but, to the extent that it has been considered, has been positively rejected by it.
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 Will We See God?
But this beatific vision is not subject to the limitations of earthly sight.
God Himself will not only be the object of the beatific vision, but also its medium and vehicle: "The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it.
Yet God-breathed visions are wholly true, exact and comprehensive, and the saints can confidently rely on God's self-revelation, pushing aside the eager rewrites profferred by the new religious movements.
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 Fr. Hardon Archives - Course on Grace - Part One: Grace Considered Extensively
The connection between these graces is mysterious, but probably this: sanctifying grace is the radical principle of the Beatific Vision, love and enjoyment of the Indwelling Trinity, while light of glory and charity are the proximate principles (of vision and love respectively).
In the Beatific Vision everyone sees all that is God, but not in the same degree of intensity.
For condign merit of the Beatific Vision, love and enjoyment, there must be sanctifying grace, for it is the radical principle of condign merit.
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 Onerock Magazine : The Catholics the Devil warned you about.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
From the moment of His conception, He experienced the beatific vision (the complete union with God that those in heaven experience) and had knowledge infused by God directly into His soul, allowing Him to be free of any ignorance regarding events past, present, and future and the things He came to reveal.
From the moment of conception, Jesus’ soul experienced the beatific vision, allowing Him to know all people and all things past, present, and future, the inner life of the Trinity, and all that He came to reveal.
The Beatific Vision, according to its nature, is simply the consummation of sanctifying grace, which in turn is a participation in the Divine Nature…The attachment of the soul to God through grace and glory is an accidental union.
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 Section #1: One Who has Seen God, A Catholic, Gives New Insights About The Nature of God
The negative represents the reversible concept (there is a reversible of the Beatific Vision), the vision of the concept of alienation, the opposite of Being.
This vision of alienation is also intensely beautiful and even equally as beautiful as the Beatific Vision.
The vision of this concept has no beauty at all; in fact, it is a little bit repulsive.
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 Little Essays Towards Truth by Aleister Crowley
Let us then occupy ourselves with the lower form of this Vision (so called); it is not technically a Vision at all) which pertains to Tiphareth, and is thus the natural grace of the Minor Adept.
In fact, it may be surmised that the Vision arises not from any given action but rather from a subtle suspension of action.
Similarly in this vision all conscious magical effort ceases, although the practices are continued with all customary diligence, and the whole of the Adepts's impressions, internal as external, are suffused with the glow of beauty and delight.
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So our theme is the beatific vision, the vision of God in the fulness of his transcendent, awe-inspiring, captivating and mysterious being.
In this vision we have rest; we have reached the fulness of desire; we have received the fulness of life; we have attained the end for which God destined us.
While the former is committed to celestinization in his celestine vision, the latter is dedicated to heavenization in his heavenly vision.
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 Revelation : Saint Bernadette
The Beauty of this Vision was difficult to explain in fullness, but nonetheless, when I saw Her my heart leaped with love and every fiber of my body enjoyed Her.
I knew that if a Vision such as this could make me feel this way, to look forward to the Beatific Vision one day was what I must live for, work for, and to attain.
The Vision that was described to you was important to you and for you.
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