Eating angels in heaven

From P. Gabriel Baumann

How will it be in heaven Will we see our relatives too? Will I be with my spouse? Why are we asking these questions? Because it is difficult to imagine heaven and because a well-founded "curiosity" inspires us. Others are a little afraid: if heaven is in the vision of God, how will I have time for my relatives? Will we be able to "do" anything other than see God face to face? Are we even "allowed" to do anything else? Some believers seem to believe that we are all gathered in the main square and all looking up to God like sardines in a can!

One thing is clear: our ideas are insufficient to adequately describe this reality. This is our problem: we try to imagine heaven with our imagination! Nonsense! The enemy of thought is the imagination. Heaven must be approached spiritually, not with the images of our imagination.

First of all, the Trinity is not somewhere in heaven, but it is heaven, because heaven is above all and first of all a state: a state of vision of God and of God's love and bliss in God. All of this is purely spiritual. Our sensual imagination has to surrender to this. God will communicate to us through the "Lumen gloriae," i.e. he will illuminate our minds himself and directly, spiritually, from within, and that is why we will know him as he is and not through the created light of faith. It is true that the bliss that grips us in this state will be so moving that we will fundamentally miss or need nothing else, just as a person in ecstasy thinks of nothing else than what he sees. The sight of God is also our main and essential reward: We loved God above all else on earth (otherwise we would not have gotten to heaven), so that we will actually love him immeasurably in eternity, without distraction.

It is nonetheless true that we will live human lives at the same time. By this I do not mean like on earth, but - finally - according to our dignity, and not according to earthly needs: We will not have a house with a roof and heating, because we will never be cold or hot again; we will never have to eat or sleep again: in heaven one does not lose time for such trivialities, nor does one have the need for them. Married couples will no longer have marital relationships - what for? We will have no secrets, no fear of the neighbors: everything we think and say will be beautiful, just, clever and dear (one can only dream about it!). But we will be with one another, be happy with one another, be inclined to one another, love one another in ineffable ways. And since our body could become an obstacle to go to our patron saint or to the Mother of God or to our relatives, God gives us a transfigured body with which we can "fly" from one corner of the world to the other as fast as lightning because there will be a new earth and a new heaven, as St. Peter promises (2 Pet 3:13).

But how will we at the same time look to God, rejoice immeasurably and be in ecstasy, and at the same time live "humanly" with other people? Contradiction?
But the angels are already doing that now: Our guardian angel always takes care of us, is always with us, and at the same time he sees God face to face: "Beware of despising one of these little ones! Because I tell you: your angels always see the face of my heavenly Father in heaven "(Mt 18:10). One does not prevent the other. Great is not it?

Through the cross to heavenly glory

From P. Gabriel Baumann

The redemption, which culminates in the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, is celebrated liturgically at the same pace as was experienced by our Savior. How can two such contradicting events come together so quickly without taking your breath away? With humans, the order is mostly reversed. First comes the glory and then the decline.

"Not far from the Capitol, there is Tarpejens Cliff". In ancient Rome, the heroes were received by the emperor and crowned with laurels on the Capitol Hill - the hill of the temples, i.e. the gods. To be received and honored there was the climax of an earthly life that touched the "divine". However, very close by, at the southern tip of the same Capitol Hill, was the Tarpeian Rock, from which death sentences by falling rocks were carried out. The saying was a warning that was nourished by experience: After the triumph, the injustice is not very far.

It is the other way around with Jesus. After the shameful death, which according to human will should have been an end point in annihilation, the triumph of resurrection followed. And in the same place one and the other took place: the dead has conquered death, the curse against humanity rebelling through sin was lifted by the love sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. With the reconciliation attained, the gates of heaven were again opened wide.

Now we Christians are invited to follow our Savior. But how difficult it is for us earthly minded people to follow heavenly logic. Humiliations, failures, setbacks, illnesses and similar evils seem unbearable to us, and we have only one goal: to ask God to free us from them. We believe that God's love for us is shown by delivering us from all evils. Scripture and the lives of the saints teach us better: It is an honor and grace to follow our Savior in his sufferings, because Jesus needed support, wanted support from his friends, and they helped him to endure the scourging, the cross to be willing to sacrifice his life on the cross. Whoever really loves Jesus wants to help him, no matter what it costs him. Our egoism leads us to think only of ourselves in this earth valley. We forget - or do not take seriously enough or understand properly - that we too will be resurrected to eternal life. And that alone counts.

Holy Week is called "Holy Week" in Latin. You could also call it the merciful week, because it is the one through which we can decipher the wisdom of God as an expression of his love, and which speaks to our hearts in such a way that we understand how "normal" it should be, Jesus as a whole To love hearts, with all of our souls, with all of our might. Because the shame he suffered for us sinners was infinite, a shame that he gladly accepted out of love for us. The imminent triumph of his resurrection is an invitation to us not to be afraid of the cross. We are allowed to share in his suffering, for a short time, at most for the time of a lifetime, but we will share in his glory through all of eternity. Anyone who calculates knows where the wisdom lies. He who loves does not need to calculate: life is only conceivable at the side of the beloved, and being one with him in love is the most important thing, no matter where, whether on earth or in heaven. Can Jesus refuse such a lover to be forever united with him in His joy?

Another article by Gabriel Baumann

The soul in heaven

From St. Alfons Maria of Liguori

As soon as a soul enters heaven and in the light of glory sees the infinite glory and beauty of God without a veil or veil, it is seized and consumed by love; it goes under in the limitless sea of ​​divine perfection; she forgets herself, and intoxicated with divine love, she only thinks about loving her God: "They will be drunk with the abundance of your house" (Ps 35: 9). A drunkard pays no attention to himself, and so the soul in heaven only thinks of loving and pleasing her beloved; she desires to own Him completely, and in fact owns Him without the fear of ever losing Him; she desires to surrender herself to him in perfect love, and she achieves what she wishes because she in fact surrenders herself to God completely and without reservation at every moment: and God in turn envelops her with infinite love and holds her lovingly embraced and becomes her hold embraced through all eternity.

And so the soul in heaven is completely united with God; it loves him with all of its strengths with a perfect and perfect love, with a love that is indeed finite because no creature is capable of an infinite love, but regardless of this it is so perfect sate and make you happy that you have nothing left to be desired. On the other hand, God communicates himself to the soul; He fills it with his love and with his glory, insofar as it is able to do so according to the measure of its merits. He unites with her not only through individual gifts of grace, enlightenments and expressions of love, as he unites with the souls here on earth, but in his being. Just as the iron becomes glowing and shining in the fire and seems to change into fire, so the soul is permeated by God and filled with God. And although it does not lose its peculiar being, it sinks into the groundless sea of ​​the divine being in this way, which it feels as if it were destroyed as if it were no longer it. This is the blessed lot that the apostle wished his disciples: "That you may be filled with all the fullness of God" (Eph 3:19).

And this is the last goal that God has set before us in his infinite goodness, and that we are to achieve in the other life. As long as a soul has not come to unite with God in heaven, where the union is perfect, it cannot find its full rest here on earth. It is true that God-loving souls find peace in conformity to the will of God, but not complete rest; for this they can only attain when they have reached their final goal, when they see God face to face and are penetrated and consumed by the fire of divine love.

From: St. Alfons Maria von Liguori, The love for Jesus Christ.

St. Alfons about dying

About the purgatory

The heavenly vision of St. Faustina Kowalska

"I saw how great the happiness is in God, which pours on all creatures, makes them happy and how all fame and all honor return from the happiness to the source. They penetrate into the depths of God, considering the inner life of God, - of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - which they will never understand or fathom. This source of happiness is unchangeable in its essence, but always new, bubbling with happiness for all creatures. Now I can understand Saint Paul who said this : 'No eye has seen it, no ear has heard it, what God has prepared for those who love him has penetrated into no human heart.' And God gave me to recognize one thing that has infinite value in His eyes - it is the love of God, love, love and again love; nothing can be compared with a single act of pure love of God. With what incomprehensible benevolence God bestows the soul that Sincerely love him. "

From the heavenly vision of St. Faustine Kowalska (1905 - 1938), recorded in her diary on November 27, 1936. A cassette about her and her message can be ordered on this website.

We celebrate heaven

My sermon on the feast of the Trinity