From a reader…
I always hear that when we die and go to heaven we will see our loved ones again. That we will be together again. But how can that be? How can It be if someone you love doesn’t love you the same? If someone gets married, falls in love and then their spouse dies and they remarry then what happens? They can’t all reunite. It makes me sad to think That I will not reunite with my mom, et al.
It is a pious, hope-filled thought, isn’t it? Such a proposition softens the reality that a) not all get to heaven and that b) passing through that door of death is scary. It is a warming comfort for us when we consider what Augustine called “our daily winter”… the chilling fear of death.
Our happiness in heaven will reside in our purified love of God and the Beatific Vision. We will know that all is exactly as it ought to be according to God’s will. In that state we will lack nothing which we need to be happy. That means that we will be also perfectly content with the eternal fate of those whom we loved in life but who didn’t make it. We will be content because where they are is where they ought to be.
Our happiness will not be decreased by the lack of a certain person. However, it will be increased, as will everyone’s, by the presence of that person, sharing in glorifying God.
God doesn’t need for us creatures to glorify Him, and yet the increase in love, joy and His ultimate glorification by free creatures in His image and likeness is the final end of creation.
When the Enemy manages to get a soul away from God and that soul winds up irrevocably in Hell, he can crow, “That’s one more You can’t have!” God’s glory isn’t diminished by such a loss, but our collective giving of glory to God is that much less bright.
This should be a stimulus to us in this life to do what we can to get our loved ones to heaven!
You spouses… you must love God more than each other, so that you can love each other properly. Your main job in life is to help your spouse to heaven. Your responsibility to your children is to given them the formation they need to increase maximally the probability that they will choose to live a holy life of faith. You have friends and others in your life whom you influence.
Some say “Don’t proselytize!”
Uh huh. Everyone has a part to play in The Great Commission.
Remember that people in this life are attracted more to joy than to gloom, solid well reasoned answers than vague and uncertain.
And never underestimate the power of an invitation.