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”

Worship Belongs to the Little Children

“Out of the mouths of infants You have ordained praise for Yourself, because of the foe and the adversary.”

“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”

“Truly, truly I say to you, unless you receive the Kingdom of Heaven like a little child, you shall not enter it.”

“Unless you become as little children, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

“I thank You, Father, that Thou hast hidden these things from the prudent and the wise, and hast revealed them to little children, yeah, Father, for so it pleased you.”

The Kingdom of God is as open to children as it is to anyone. Children can know God. It is not harder for a child to worship God than for an adult. It is not more difficult for God to reveal Himself to a baby than to a grown-up.

The entirety of our being is made by and for God. Therefore Continue reading “Worship Belongs to the Little Children”

The King’s Quest for His Bride

Once there was a king, who was both very good and very wise. His castle was a most beautiful thing, and just as impenetrable. It was built out of a mountain, and its highest tower was almost always hidden in clouds. When it was not hidden in clouds, it shone too gloriously to look at in the sun. Upon its ramparts grew grasses and flowers and every kind of fruiting tree or bush, and every kind of flowering one also. The castles of most kings are barren things, built out of dead stone, and hung for beauty with more things more or less dead and very defective for beauty to the natural beauty. This castle was built out of a living mountain, and for decoration it had real decoration – real and natural beauties, most of them good both for beauty to the eye and for delight to the mouth and body. His kingdom should have been as lovely as his castle. For the most part it was, and he was striving to make it more completely so. Continue reading “The King’s Quest for His Bride”

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Thinking like the Brides of God

There are so many things that considering that Christians as the brides of Jesus Christ, God the Son and true Man, spotless and worthy by His Blood, makes plain and clear.

Such a thought so perfectly fits and describes so much of the glory of our faith and salvation. St. Paul writes that the woman and man who unite are made one flesh, and the soul saved by the Lord, united with Him, is married to Him as one spirit with Him – the union, far closer, far all-permeating, far more encompassing, far more transformative, of which the marriage of the man and the woman is the shadow, the echo, the illustration.1 There is such a similarity between this thought (and this passage in St. Paul’s Epistles) and the prayer of Jesus on the night before He died, that He would be in us as the Father in Him and that we would be united in Him as He and the Father are one. Continue reading “Thinking like the Brides of God”