When We Join You And Become Like You In Heaven

I was serving mass and after the consecration and during the prays after that, the priest said. “When We Join You And Become Like You In Heaven.” I didn’t under stand it. We can’t become like God. But I know there is an answer for this and if you could, explain the concept for me.

You might want to ask this in the “Ask An Apologist” area.

Of course we become like God. Indeed, according to the Fathers, we become divine. That’s the heart of the Gospel. We become by grace what God is by nature. If we can’t become like God, then what on earth is the point of living?

Granted, the chances are that the Latin version is far more profound and nuanced. I don’t think I need to persuade most people here of the inadequacy of ICEL translations . . . .

In Christ,

Edwin

[quote=Contarini]Of course we become like God. Indeed, according to the Fathers, we become divine. That’s the heart of the Gospel. We become by grace what God is by nature. If we can’t become like God, then what on earth is the point of living?

Granted, the chances are that the Latin version is far more profound and nuanced. I don’t think I need to persuade most people here of the inadequacy of ICEL translations . . . .

In Christ,

Edwin
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I have never read any of them in latin, but I agree with your post. In heaven we continually become more like Christ, to infinity. Of course we never become God himself, but we do become like him.

[quote=Contarini] If we can’t become like God, then what on earth is the point of living?

Edwin
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true!

In writing on spiritual marriage, the highest state of union with God one can reach in this life, St. John of the Cross writes:

Turn Your face toward the mountains,

The face of God is the divinity, and the mountains are the soul’s faculties (memory, intellect, and will). This verse is like saying: Let Your divinity shine on my intellect by giving it divine knowledge, and on my will be imparting to it the divine love, and on my memory with the divine possession of glory.
The soul asks in this line for everything she possibly can ask of Him. She is no longer satisfied with the knowledge and communications of the “back” of God - which was His communication to Moses [Ex. 33:23] - and which is knowledge of Him in His effects and works; she can only be satisfied with God’s face, which is an essential communication of the divinity to the soul. This communication is not brought about through any means, but through a certain contact of the soul with the divinity. The Spiritual Canticle, Stanza 19, nbr. 4.

and. . .

. . .The soul thereby becomes divine, becomes God through participation, insofar as is possible in this life. The Spiritual Canticle, Stanza 22, nbr. 3.

Contarini,
“Granted, the chances are that the Latin version is far more profound and nuanced. I don’t think I need to persuade most people here of the inadequacy of ICEL translations”


Rome REJECTS ICEL translations.

catholic-pages.com/mass/pontificale.asp ICEL rejected in APRIL 1996.

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