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92. Heaven: The Beatific Vision

1. In heaven the blessed will directly see the veryessence of God. "We shall see him as he is" (I John 3:2).God is supremely intelligible or understandable, and is himself thedetermining of the creatural intellect to know him in hisessence. To know God thus is to behold the beatific vision.

2. After the general resurrection when bodies and soulswill be reunited, the blessed will not behold God's essencewith their bodily eyes. For bodily eyes, even when theyare glorified, behold bodily things, and God's essence is notbodily. Those that see God in heaven (before or after theresurrection of the body) see him with the mind, theintellect-strengthened, elevated, and illumined by the Light ofGlory.

3. No creature can know God exhaustively, so as to knowall thatGod knows. This would mean the encompassing of theinfinite by a finite understanding; this is utterly impossible.Therefore, the blessed see God in his essence, but they do not seeall that God sees. Even the angels "who know all things inGod," do not know all that God knows. The term "allthings" means "all that they know."

"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
St Philip Neri

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"It is not God's will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will."
Blessed Henry Suso

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"There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good."
St Philip Neri

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