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Will We Know Each Other in Heaven?

November 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Death and Dying, Heaven

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All the blessed, admitted into heaven, know each other perfectly, even before the general resurrection. This is proved by Scripture as well as by tradition. I shall confine myself to quoting the New Testament to you; I shall content myself, too, with the parable of the rich man, and with some words that have reference to the Last Judgment. This parable is so fine that I cannot resist the pleasure of placing some of its leading... Read More

Is Heaven a Place or State of Being or Both?

December 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Church Teaching, Fr. Bartunek, Heaven

Is Heaven a Place or State of Being or Both? Dear Father John, I read recently that the late Cardinal George, God rest his soul, said that heaven is not a place. I've also heard this mentioned elsewhere. I have a good understanding of what Jesus said about the kingdom of heaven being within you, among you, etc. But, it seems to me that saying heaven is not a place denies the bodily Ascension of Christ into heaven (and the bodily... Read More

Crossing Over the Sea of Mediocrity and Eternal Fire

Crossing Over the Sea of Mediocrity and Eternal Fire Perhaps you were expecting a post along the lines of: “If you participate in Halloween,” you’re aiding and abetting evil. Well, depending on one’s intention, that may very well be the case. I look at the displays all over the yards here where my family lives and you can’t help but feel the evil influence lurking beneath seemingly “benign” and “innocent” depictions... Read More

On Heaven

March 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Heaven, Lent, Meditations, Preparation for Death

ON HEAVEN “Your sorrow shall be turned into joy.” John 16:20 Let us at present animate ourselves with the hope of heaven, to bear patiently the afflictions of this life, and to offer them to God in return for the sufferings which Jesus Christ endured for the love of us. All these afflictions, sorrows, persecutions, and fears, shall one day have an end, and shall, if we save our souls, become to us sources of joy and... Read More

Am I So Heavenly Minded that I am No Earthly Good?

November 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Heaven

I have a question after reading Fr. John's meditation and prayer on a recent Sunday's Gospel in The Better Part (26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, #208. Money and Fire (Luke 16:19-31). In the section Christ in my Life Fr. John writes, “I admit, it's possible to get obsessed with the afterlife, but it would be a foolish traveler who kept moving ahead every day without ever thinking about his destination” Is there something... Read More