Pondering this in the middle of the night, this analogy came to mind, for what it’s worth.
Similarly, can one say that without being determined toward the beatific vision, humans have a potency to it written into our natures?
Fr. Dennis Kolinski, a priest in the order of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius is a spiritual mentor not only to his seminarians who study at Holy Apostle but also to all of us via what I call our Catholic Café Society conducted around our 3 meals a day in the cafeteria where tables are filled by mixtures of seminarians, priests, sisters, faculty, staff, and B.A. and M.A. students.
I know I have heard this before, but the joy in Fr. Kolinski’s eyes and smile when he was explaining it delighted me. What he said was that men and women making the 3 vows in religious life shouldn’t be thinking of it mainly as terrible sacrifice. Instead they should see that by making vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, they are living here on earth what they will have in heaven: no possessions, no sex, and obedience to God’s will in all.