Blessed Are the Pure of Heart, for they shall see God
In his book, “Behold the Pierced One,” Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger says, “Man needs to see, he needs this kind of silent beholding which becomes a touching, if he is to become aware of the mysteries of God. He must set his foot on the ‘laddder’ of the body in order to climb it and so find the path along which faith invites him.”
When you read this quote you see a circular pattern between this and the beatitude, Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. Ratzinger says “man needs to see.” His second part of that statement says, a “silent beholding.” This silent beholding reminds one of a pure intention, a pure heart. That purity gives way to the mysteries of God. We must take a step to God, even though He is continually pursuing us to come to Him. We must respond. This desire on our part to be one with Him is rewarded with a clarity that is tangible.