Posts Tagged ‘Heaven’

Heaven and Hell

Monday, April 6th, 2020
The gift

When the human soul becomes aware of itself, it develops a marvellous desire to grow. It seeks spiritual food. In the early stages, most of us seek sweetness – what I sometimes call “Spiritual Pavlova.” I fed on righteousness, beauty, goodness, affirmation holiness.  The amazing grace I sought was very sweet indeed. I read positive Read more

Heaven and Hell

Thursday, June 6th, 2019
love and fear

Some Catholics may be surprised to know that there are parables of Jesus in the Islamic faith. These Sufi parables of Jesus are not the parables we have in the gospels. Rather, they are stories written to illustrate Jesus’ teachings. The one I like that is simple and yet powerful in its wisdom. It goes Read more

Was Pope Francis right to tell a child his atheist dad may be in heaven?

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

When the monsignor reached out and tenderly held the little boy’s face, I lost it. And it only got worse. When Pope Francis called the reluctant Emanuele up to whisper his question about where his beloved father went after death, I was crying so obviously that the other customers in line at Starbucks looked up Read more

Child asks Pope if atheist father is in heaven

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

A child has asked Pope Francis if his atheist father is in heaven. Francis was visiting a parish on the outskirts of Rome when the child put the question to him. Francis routinely holds question-and-answer sessions with young people when he visits parishes. The child (whose name is Emanuele) was in tears when he asked Read more

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. – Robert Frost Frost’s little piece reads like a nursery rhyme with a depressing moral, Read more

Samoan stigmatist tells of vision of heaven and hell

Friday, April 8th, 2016

A Samoan woman claiming to have suffered stigmata wounds has told of a vision she has had of heaven and hell. Toaipuapuaga Opapo Soana’i, 23, spoke during a Mass at the Catholic cathedral at Apia last week, the Samoa Observer reported. She delivered a message that heaven and hell are real. The young woman spoke Read more

Do bacteria go to heaven?

Friday, December 19th, 2014

So the Pope says animals are going to heaven. Even though he is not a nonbeliever Clay Farris Naff finds it a charming concecpt. But he wonders if Pope Francis meant to include bacteria? Another week, another story about Pope Francis saying something a little weird and a little cool. News reports suggested that Francis Read more

Did Pope Francis say animals go to heaven?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The news networks are abuzz with stories saying that Pope Francis has said pets go to heaven. They’ve even “helpfully” noted how this contrasts with the position of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. But the thing is . . . the whole story is false. Here are 7 things to know and share . . . Read more

Animals also go to heaven suggests Pope

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Tip the dog, Soda the cat and Tweety-bird, indeed all animals will also go to heaven. At least this is one interpretation of remarks made by Pope Francis in his weekly general audience in the Vatican, reports the Guardian. “The holy scripture teaches us that the fulfilment of this wonderful design also affects everything around Read more

Signs from heaven

Friday, September 26th, 2014

I used to have a strange, very naive idea that I would be closely united with my father after his death. I know that we are united with the communion of saints, and that death no longer separates us (Romans 8:38-39). I believe we can pray to the saints, and even pray to and pray Read more