Or bliss, is defined by Saint Thomas as that perfect good which completely appeases and satisfies the appetite. God alone can constitute man’s perfect bliss, for man’s will seeks the fullness of all good, and this cannot be found except in God. Had man been left without grace, then he would have found his natural beatitude in knowing God most perfectly as the author. of nature, and in adhering to Him by natural love, sweetly and constantly. He would have attained this happiness, after passing successfully through his probation in this mortal life. As it is, man has been raised to a supernatural state, and his bliss consists in God, seen face to face in the heavenly country.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “beatitude”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 November 2019. Web. 5 March 2021. <>