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Part Three

IV.

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Desire for true happiness frees man from his immoderate

attachment to the goods of this world so that he can find his

fulfillment in the vision and beatitude of God. “The promise [of

seeing God] surpasses all beatitude. . . . In Scripture, to see is to

possess. . . . Whoever sees God has obtained all the goods of which

he can conceive.”

344

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It remains for the holy people to struggle, with grace from

on high, to obtain the good things God promises. In order to

possess and contemplate God, Christ’s faithful mortify their crav­

ings and, with the grace of God, prevail over the seductions of

pleasure and power.

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On this way of perfection, the Spirit and the Bride call

whoever hears them

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to perfect communion with God:

There will true glory be, where no one will be praised by

mistake or flattery; true honor will not be refused to the

worthy, nor granted to the unworthy; likewise, no one un­

worthy will pretend to be worthy, where only those who are

worthy will be admitted. There true peace will reign, where

no one will experience opposition either from self or others.

God himself will be virtue’s reward; he gives virtue and has

promised to give himself as the best and greatest reward that

could exist. . . .” I shall be their God and they will be my

people. . . .” This is also the meaning of the Apostle’s words:

“So that God may be all in all.” God himself will be the goal

of our desires; we shall contemplate him without end, love

himwithout surfeit, praise himwithoutweariness. This gift, this

state, this act, like eternal life itself, will assuredly be common

to all.

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344 St. Gregory of Nyssa,

De beatitudinibus

6: PG 44, 1265A.

345 Cf.

Rev

22:17.

346 St. Augustine,

De civ. Dei,

22, 30: PL 41, 801-802; cf.

Lev

26:12; cf.

1 Cor

15:28.

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