Saturday, May 6, 2017
Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 285 – Part II.
(Youcat answer - repeated) Eternal happiness is seeing God and being taken up into God’s happiness.
A deepening through CCC
(CCC 1722) Such beatitude surpasses the understanding and powers of man. It comes from an entirely free gift of God: whence it is called supernatural, as is the grace that disposes man to enter into the divine joy. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." It is true, because of the greatness and inexpressible glory of God, that "man shall not see me and live," for the Father cannot be grasped. But because of God's love and goodness toward us, and because he can do all things, he goes so far as to grant those who love him the privilege of seeing him.... For "what is impossible for men is possible for God" (St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 4, 20, 5: PG 7/1, 1034-1035).
Reflecting and meditating
(Youcat comment) In God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit there is unending life, joy, and communion. To be taken up into it will be an incomprehensible, infinite happiness for us men. This happiness is the pure gift of God’s grace, for we men can neither bring it about ourselves nor comprehend it in its magnitude. God would like us to decide in favor of our happiness; we should choose God freely, love him above all things, do good and avoid evil insofar as we are able.
(CCC 1729) The beatitude of heaven sets the standards for discernment in the use of earthly goods in keeping with the law of God.