Real Life is Heaven

“Eye has not seen, nor has ear heard, nor has it entered into the mind of man, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

“I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.”

“Father, I want them to see My Glory, the Glory I had with You before the world began.”

“Now we see as in a mirror dimly, then we shall see face to face.”

“I am the Resurrection and the Life.”

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

Heaven is real. Heaven is life. God invites us, created and limited, to share in the fullness of His infinite and uncreated being – utter life, fantastic (that is, unbounded) freedom, perfect joy, bliss, truth.

People sometimes ask questions, and then try to answer them, which are inappropriate. The mindset, prevalent in the West, of asking questions and defining and exploring “possibilities” – however well it may do science – is not suited to thinking of God and of the real shape of reality, of His creative relationship with His creatures. Thus, people have asked questions such as, “Can the Blessed in Heaven choose to sin – leave Heaven?” and proposed answers, all of which are, at best, misleading and, at worst, blasphemy. In so many ways, so much is cast in a way which is wrong from start to finish, precluding even the possibility of not thinking wrongly, until we shed that way of thinking, of assuming, of dissecting, of analyzing. Continue reading “Real Life is Heaven”

Call Me Blessed, for the Mighty One Has Done Great Things for Me

“My soul exults in the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has had regard for the lowly state of His handmaid. From this day on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name. His mercy is upon generations of those who fear Him… He casts down rulers from their thrones, and exalts those who were humbled. He fills the hungry with good things, while the rich He has sent empty away…”

Thus runs Mary’s Magnificat, her song in which she praises God’s mercy towards herself – and towards all. Continue reading “Call Me Blessed, for the Mighty One Has Done Great Things for Me”

Christianity is the Resurrection

“Christ is risen from the dead, having trampled down death by death, and having upon those in the tombs life bestowed!”

“This is the night on which Christ broke the prison-bars of death and rose victorious from the underworld!”

“This Jesus God has raised up again – to this we are all witnesses.”

“Because I live you also will live.”

This is our faith! This is Christianity! That Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of God and Son of Man, is risen from the dead. This is our hope. This is our salvation. This is our love. This is our life. This is our joy. We are summoned to share in His Resurrection! It is this that gives us strength, that gives us that which renders courage meaningless and unnecessary, it is this that is our sure and certain victory.

It seems that this – that He rose – is what is most hated by the world. That Jesus died the world can accept. Continue reading “Christianity is the Resurrection”