The beatific vision is the end for which we all are created. It is the goal of our lives! When we make it to those heavenly shores and see God face to face, then a lifetime of trial, uncertainty, and separation from God will dissolve into an ocean of happiness. We will experience the complete fulfillment of all our deepest longings for loving and being loved and for the actualization of all our personal potential. We will be set free for loving and being loved.
But if we are created for happiness, why are we often so miserable in this life?
Can we not enter into God’s heavenly kingdom of heavenly happiness here and now? Did not Jesus Christ, in fact, tell one of his young interlocutors that, on account of his mindset, he was “not far from the kingdom of God”? (See Mark 12:34.)
Is it possible to experience a taste of the beatific vision on this side of the veil? Tune into today's podcast to consider this question more fully with me. And don't forget to like (if you do), share, and pass on the Good News of Evangelination with everyone you meet. In this way, you can become an evangelizer too.
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PCSJ's Founder and Executive Director, Lisa Tuggle, is a vowed and consecrated Pauline living the spirituality and apostolic outreach of St. Paul in the married state according to the Statute of the Holy Family Institute, one of the branches of the Pauline Family founded by Blessed James Alberione, SSP. Lisa holds a B.A. in Great Books from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University. After 20+ years in the performing arts and 10 years as a youth minister and Director of Religious Education, she is dedicating the "second half" of her life to global catechesis initiatives while enjoying family, friends, and a simple life of prayer.