Tag Archives: Heaven

Heaven: Weekly Summary

Heaven Summary: Sunday, December 17-Friday, December 22, 2017 The goal must be kept simple and clear—love of God and neighbor, union with God and neighbor. Our common word for this state of union is heaven. (Sunday) Heaven is first of all now and therefore surely later. If God loves and accepts us now in our Read More »

Choosing Heaven

Heaven Choosing Heaven Friday, December 22, 2017 Today I’d like to share a reflection from Franciscan sister and scientist Ilia Delio (who in turn presents insights from Rabbi Rami Shapiro) to end our week of reflection on eternity, love, and heaven: Heaven is earth transformed by love when earthly life is lived in love; the Read More »

The Home of Love

Heaven The Home of Love Thursday, December 21, 2017 Mutual presence or intimacy is the ultimate goal of the spiritual journey. Perhaps this is why images of bride and bridegroom are so commonly used by the prophets, the Song of Songs, John the Baptist, Jesus, and in the last verses of the Bible where the Read More »

The Search for the Real

Heaven The Search for the Real Wednesday, December 20, 2017 We are created with an inner restlessness that sends all of us looking for our True Self, whether we know it or not. There is a God-sized hole waiting to be filled. God creates the very dissatisfaction that finally only divine grace and love can Read More »

Returning to Union

Heaven Returning to Union Tuesday, December 19, 2017 A familiar—and apparently true—story of a newborn baby’s homecoming illustrates the implanted memory of union or heaven. A newborn’s precocious four-year old sibling tells her parents, “I want to talk to my new little brother alone.” The parents put their ears to the nursery door and hear Read More »

Universal Resurrection

Heaven Universal Resurrection Monday, December 18, 2017 For Christians, Jesus Christ is the ultimate symbol of the universal pattern of union with the divine: “When Christ is revealed, and he is your life, you will be revealed in all your glory with him” (Colossians 3:4). God’s clear goal and direction for humanity is mutual indwelling, Read More »

The Goal

Heaven The Goal Sunday, December 17, 2017 The purifying goal of mysticism and contemplative prayer is nothing less than divine union—union with what is, with the moment, with yourself, with the divine, which means with everything. Healing, growth, and happiness are admittedly wonderful byproducts of prayer, but they must not be our primary concern. The Read More »

Love Is Stronger than Death

Resurrection Love Is Stronger than Death Thursday, May 11, 2017 I believe the meaning of the Resurrection of Jesus is summed up in the climactic line from the Song of Songs, “Love is stronger than death” (8:6). If the blank white banner that the Risen Christ usually holds in Christian art should say anything, it Read More »

Heaven: The Home of Love

Love Summary for the Year: Week 1 Heaven: The Home of Love Friday, December 23, 2016 Only love can move effectively across boundaries and across cultures. Love is a very real energy, a spiritual life force that is much more powerful than ideas or mere thoughts. Love is endlessly alive, always flowing toward the lower Read More »

Love, Our First and Final Home

Love Summary for the Year: Week 1 Love, Our First and Final Home Wednesday, December 21, 2016 (Winter Solstice) Human history is one giant wave of unearned grace, and you are now another wave crashing onto the sands of time, edged forward by the many waves behind you. You are a fully adopted son or Read More »

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