Is Christ’s Beatific Vision Defensible Today? Fr Simon Francis Gaine, Aquinas on Christ 2020, Talk 2

After a brief introduction by Sr. Magdalene, Fr. Simon Francis Gaine, O.P., speaks on Christ’s Beatific Vision even during his earthly life. Fr. Simon is a Dominican priest who teaches fundamental and dogmatic theology at Blackfriars, Oxford, and is a member of the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Theology and Religion.

This talk was given as part of a Zoom conference on Aquinas on Christ, held on July 18, 2020. Fr. Simon is also the author of Will There Be Free Will in Heaven? Freedom, Impeccability and Beatitude (2003) and Did the Saviour See the Father? Christ, Salvation and the Vision of God (2015). From 1 September 2020, he will be the first Pinckaers Professor of Theological Anthropology and Ethics at the Pontifical University of St Thomas, Rome (otherwise known as the Angelicum).

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Prayer Attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas: “Whatever is pleasing to you, O merciful God, may I ardently desire, wisely pursue, truly recognize, and bring to perfect completion, to the praise and glory of your name. Amen.”