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Nos iunge Beatis

"On earth we hungrily seek out the good, the true, and the beautiful, and we are forever dissatisfied with what we find. A reflection of God's goodness is simply not enough... In heaven, however, …More
"On earth we hungrily seek out the good, the true, and the beautiful, and we are forever dissatisfied with what we find. A reflection of God's goodness is simply not enough... In heaven, however, one no longer has to bother with half-glimpses or finite beauty. God is the 'summum bonum', all good, recapitulating in himself the fragmentary goodness and beauty and truth which so fleetingly captivate and disappoint us during our mortal life. But God far exceeds our greatest expectations; the very sight of him spells supreme and unalloyed happiness... We implore St Dominic to "join us with the blessed in heaven." This audacious request must be properly understood, and the matter is sufficiently important to warrant a few words about the Communion of Saints. This doctrine is explicitly stated in the Apostles' Creed. It means that there is a fellowship existing between all who love God. It implies that the living and the dead, whether human or angelic, are interested in each other, and intercede for one another in prayer and deed... Prayer to St Dominic keeps us mindful of the fact that we exiles are burdened with our sins, and need his help both in order to live in this world, and to increase in the love of God. By his powerful intercession, those who endeavour to follow in his footsteps may hopefully look forward to that blessed vision which constitutes eternal life. "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Cor 2:9)." – Fr Richard Murphy OP. Detail from a fresco in the Spanish Chapel (or Chapter House) of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria Novella in Florence.

Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr