February 02, 2010

Eyes on the Prize

I go about my day to day and I’m aware of a goal. I’m aware that I must strive to live In comformity with The Law in order to attain Heaven.

But, I never think about Heaven itself. What is it? We only have limited intel, but we can be certain that the Saints, God, Jesus and Mary will be there.

I never think about what that must be like: the greatest Adoration hour ever? (the worst hour of Adoration…well, there is no such thing)

Why should I wonder about that now?

I think if I spent more time reflecting upon what Heaven could be and look forward to it more proactively maybe it would be easier for me to help others get there. Maybe it would help me to see everyone as God’s creatures, if I was aware they all, we all, have potential to attain Heaven.

Helping someone get to Heaven-that must be the greatest gift ever.


Blogger Adoro said...

This is where Christian Anthropology really helped me.

Heaven is a state of existence, it is eternal union with God, the ends towards which we are directed. Our immortal souls become one with God in the Divine Processions of the Most Holy Trinity.

This is why "eye has not seen, ear has not heard" because in our mortal state we can't POSSIBLY grasp in any coherent way the truth of such a state.

We tend to fall back on the idea of Heaven as a "place", maybe in the clouds, with angels in white strumming harps and our friends and family running around playing with pets. Such imagery is nice and romantic, but it ISN'T Heaven.

What is Heaven? The Divine Liturgy, which never ends, not for a moment. Want to know what Heaven is like? Go to Mass! The rest of our lives are just preperation for the experience of Mass, and Mass itself is far more real than anything we can experience OUTSIDE of it!

But that's hard to grasp, isn't it?


February 02, 2010 9:57 AM  
Blogger LarryD said...

I'm looking forward to the big mansion I won't have to clean...

OT - what is with the new avatar? It looks like something from the original series 'V'!

February 02, 2010 3:37 PM  
Blogger nazareth priest said...

"Helping someone get to Heaven-that must be the greatest gift ever."
That's it, Cathy of Alex!
We're call connected; like it or not.
We either help or hinder one another.
Heaven is just, well, I have no concept here...just GOD'S LOVE!

February 02, 2010 6:34 PM  
Blogger Melody K said...

"What is Heaven? The Divine Liturgy, which never ends, not for a moment." Adoro, I know you're right; that's what the theology books say, and that's what we're supposed to want. but as someone who gets a little twitchy if a homily goes on too long, I'm not there yet. I'm not worried about it, because of course we can't get our mortal minds around heaven. But it is comforting to think I will see my those I have lost again.

February 02, 2010 8:08 PM  
Blogger belinda said...

Adoro makes me think. I had better live the life now that I would like to live in my afterlife.

Larry can I live in your "hood" your funny!

Father, is there a greater joy than hearing the confession of a repentant sinner?

February 03, 2010 9:10 PM  
Blogger Vincenzo said...

"OT - what is with the new avatar? It looks like something from the original series 'V'!"

It's Sci Fi avatar week on Facebook.

February 04, 2010 4:48 AM  
Blogger nazareth priest said...

belinda: No, there's not.
I tell them that the angels are rejoicing that they returned...the Lord embraces them with utmost love and mercy...20 yrs., 30 yrs., 40 yrs...
I rejoice with the angels and the Lord that they come back to confession and a return to the Sacraments!

February 04, 2010 2:38 PM  
Blogger belinda said...

Oh wait Father! I just thought, yes there is a greater love! It's when the repentant sinner FEELS the love and forgiveness of Christ .

It's the moment it all comes together and becomes real.

February 04, 2010 3:07 PM  
Blogger nazareth priest said...

belinda: Absolutely.
When Christ is all in all...great thought!

February 04, 2010 8:49 PM  
Blogger LarryD said...

Vincenzo - thanks!

Belinda - Larry can I live in your "hood" Well, it's not up to me, but you can visit anytime!

February 05, 2010 7:00 AM  
Blogger Marc Magisana said...

It's a disturbing paradox for me: how heaven implies hell and how a soul can be lost. Am I misinterpreting or didn't Sister Faustina's vision ensure that everyone is afforded an opportunity to choose heaven over hell? Not sure how that would work for animals though (dogs or cats for example "creatures")

February 06, 2010 11:30 AM  
Blogger nazareth priest said...

Marc: I believe Jesus told St. Faustina that every soul had three opportunities to repent between the time of death and the particular judgment; even if the "door" was only open a tiny crack, He would come into the soul...that is a great consolation for us all, esp. for our loved ones and for ourselves who struggle so mightily with sin and the habits of sin.

February 07, 2010 6:45 PM  

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