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.”
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.
On this way of perfection, the Spirit and the Bride call
whoever hears them
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
344 St. Gregory of Nyssa,
6: PG 44, 1265A.
346 St. Augustine,
De civ. Dei,
22, 30: PL 41, 801-802; cf.