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“I COUNT ON NOT BEING IDLE IN HEAVEN”

“St Therese’s activity on behalf of the Missions has not ended with her death. Her letters to her Brother Missionaries throb with the expectancy of how far more effective she will be on their behalf in Heaven.

If I am leaving the battlefield it is not with the selfish desire of taking my repose

‘I count on not being idle in Heaven, for it is my wish to continue to work for the Church, and for souls. I ask this grace from God and I am certain He will grant it. So you see, if I am leaving the battlefield it is not with the selfish desire of taking my repose.

I will teach you how best to sail the world’s tempestuous sea – with the self-surrender of a child

‘When I myself have reached the port I will teach you how best to sail the world’s tempestuous sea – with the self-surrender of a child well aware of its father’s love and of his vigilance in the hours of danger.

Brother, I am so happy to die – because, far more than on earth, I shall help the souls I hold dear. O what joy when comes the happy hour of going Home! I shall not die – I do but enter into life and whatsoever I cannot tell you here upon earth I will make you understand from the heights of Heaven.’

What attracts me to the Homeland of Heaven is the call of Jesus

But more fully still she writes: ‘What attracts me to the Homeland of Heaven is the call of Jesus, the hope that I may at last love Him as I have so longed to love Him, and the thought that I shall bring a multitude of souls to love Him, who will bless Him for all eternity. Brother, you will not have time to send me the list of things I can do for you in Heaven, but I guess them; and in any case you will have but to whisper them and I shall hear you and faithfully bear your messages to Our Lord, to our Immaculate Mother, to the Angels and the Saints you love.’

Till the Angel shall have said: ‘Time is no more.’

Her work for the Missions still continues, and there is every evidence that it will continue, as she prophesied it would, until the end of time.

‘I feel that my mission is about to begin – to make others love God as I love Him – to teach souls my Little Way. I will spend my Heaven in doing good on earth. This is not impossible, for the Angels keep watch over us while they enjoy the Beatific Vision. No, there can be no rest for me till the end of the world – till the Angel shall have said: ‘Time is no more.’ Then shall I take my rest, then shall I be able to rejoice because the number of the elect will be complete.’

These striking words were spoken during her last illness, 17 July 1897, less than three months before she died. Sure of the unfailing support of our Saint, whom Our Lord through His Church has specially given us as our Patroness in these difficult times, the Church in the Mission Field can look forward with quiet confidence to the days that lie ahead.”

– From “The Little Way Association” booklet, Issue No 94 – Little Way Association, London. Internet contact: http://www.littlewayassociation.com (external link)

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“IS MY HUSBAND IN HEAVEN? WILL I SEE HIM AGAIN? WILL HE STILL BE MY HUSBAND?”

“QUESTION: My husband died recently and I am finding it hard to cope. Is there a place called Heaven? Will I see my husband again when I die? Will he still be my husband?

ANSWER: Please accept my deepest sympathies on your husband’s death. I recommend him to the prayers of all our readers. Of course there is a heaven.

Christ tells us that all those who believe in Him will never die. ‘He who believe in me has eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day,’ Christ told his disciples. ‘I am going to prepare a place for you… I shall return to take you with me’ (Jn:14). The Catholic Catechism (CCC 1023 and CCC 1028) speaking about Heaven says – ‘Those who die in God’s grace and friendship… live forever with Christ. They are like God for ever, for they ‘see him as he is, ‘face to face. The Church calls this… the Beatific Vision.’

So heaven is living for ever with the God who created us and sent his Son to die for us. St Paul writing about heaven (1 Cor 2:9-10) has this to say: ‘We teach what scripture calls: the things that no eye has seen and no ear has heard, things beyond the mind of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him.’ Will you see your husband again when you die? If, as we believe, Heaven is perfect happiness, then we will of course be with the people we loved in this life, especially our family and all those who travelled with us on the road of life. St Catherine tells us that our departed loved ones long for our coming to join them just as our heavenly Father does.”
– This article was published in “Don Bosco’s Madonna” issue July 2010. For donations and subscriptions please visit http://www.donboscosmadonna.org (external link) or http://www.dbmshrine.org (external link).

 
 

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