FROM SURPRISE TO SURPRISE
"Why won't we be bored in Heaven?
Because we are one with God, and God is infinite.
We never come to the end of exploring Him.
Because we are with God, and God is eternal.
Time does not pass (a condition for boredom); it just is.
All time is present in eternity,
as all the events of the plot are present in the author's mind.
There is no waiting.
Because we are with God, and God is love.
Even on earth, the only people who are never bored are lovers."
(Peter Kreeft, Everything You Wanted to Know About Heaven..., pp 49-50)
MY ONE SINGLE WISH, MY ONE SINGLE DREAM
"Unum petii a Domino, hoc requiram:
ut inhabitem in domo Domini
omnibus diebus vitae meae,
ut videam voluptatem Domini
et visitem templum eius."
"One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the LORD,
and to inquire in his temple."
I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU
"Quis enim mihi est in caelo?
Et tecum nihil volui super terram."
"Whom have I in heaven but thee?
And there is nothing upon earth that I desire besides thee. "
NO HEARTACHES, NO DISAPPOINTMENTS, NO FRUSTRATIONS
"In heaven, ... a great love awaits you,
with no betrayals
and no deceptions.
The fulness of love,
the fulness of beauty
and knowledge ...
And it will never cloy:
it will satiate,
yet still you will want more."
(St Josemaria, The Forge 995)
YOU KNOW EVERYTHING
"You have kept an account of my wanderings,
you have kept a record of my tears,
are they not written in your book?"
SOUL, HEART AND FLESH YEARN FOR GOD
"How lovely is thy dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
My soul longs, yea, faints for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Blessed are those who dwell in thy house, ever singing thy praise! "
"In his moments of prayer,
Jesus gives vent
to the nostalgia
for the Father's house."
(John Paul II)
PATER, IN MANUS TUAS!
"When the moment of our definitive 'passage' comes,
grant that we may face it with serenity,
without regret for what we shall leave behind.
For in meeting You,
after having sought You for so long,
we shall find once more
every authentic good which we have known on earth,
in the company of all who have gone before us
marked with the sign of faith and hope."
(John Paul II)
GATE OF HEAVEN!
Mary, my Mother,
pray for us sinners,
that we may always live
with our minds and hearts
in our heavenly home.
Give us a greater longing for heaven each day,
make us ever yearn to share
in the boundless and endless joy
of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.