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By Michael Dwyer

St Gregory of Nyssa wrote a homily on the Beatitudes, in which he writes, ‘in scriptural usage 'seeing' means 'having'. When I read this beautiful explanation, I was struck deeply by its power. Consider its contextual quotes: 'Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God', 'May eternal light shine upon him/her'. I am particularly enthused by this expression as it bears a practical application for all our lives today in 2023. If seeing means having, am I looking for the right things in the right places? When I look all around me, what do I see? How is what I see affecting what I have?


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