Monday, October 8, 2018

Reason no. 7 why I remain Catholic: Heaven

Yes, I want to make it to heaven. I especially want my children to make it to heaven. But how can we get to heaven if we do not have Jesus in the Eucharist, or the Sacraments, or grace?

What exactly is heaven?

Those who die in God’s grace and friendship and are perfectly purified [whether in this life, or in the next life in Purgatory] live forever with Christ. They are like God forever, for they “see him as he is,” face to face. (CCC 1023)

It is also known as the beatific vision. When we are able to see him, perhaps not with our "eyes", but we will dwell in His presence and see Him intuitively.

“Beloved, we are God's children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2

Heaven is principally a state of utter and absolute fulfillment. In the possession of God in the beatific vision the blessed will experience what cannot be put into words; a radical union with God that transcends anything we could envisage. And it is precisely because of that radical union with God in Christ, the blessed will also experience a union with the other members of the Body of Christ that transcends our ability to imagine as well.

Thomas Aquinas tells us that "our intellects will be so illuminated by God to empower us to be able to “see God” in the beatific vision that an ancillary effect of this empowering will be the comprehension of “the whole order of the universe.”

This is amazing!

Really heaven is the perfect paradise we were meant to live in. Heaven is the place where we will be free from suffering and the bondage of sin. Heaven is the place where we will dwell in perfect happiness.

I don't know about you, but that is where I want to be after this life.

In faith, I believe that there is life after death. Jesus Christ rose from the dead to give us just that,  eternal life; aka Heaven! There have been countless saints and even regular people who have experienced the beauty of heaven. People have witnessed it and never been the same.

We were created for so much more. God created us for perfection and beauty. God created us to live eternally with him. This life is passing and heaven is something I want to work towards. May God give us the grace to make it to heaven and may we have the wisdom to choose what is right and understand God's unparalleled love for us.

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1 comment:

  1. YES! I can not wait to experience all of that...and more of His love, beauty and closeness! Such an amazing place we can call HOME. Thank you for writing this Ale.xo