By Reverend Ray Atwood Prince of Peace Cluster, La Porte City, Eagle Center, Traer
“Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 Jn. 3:2).
“At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known” (1 Cor. 13:12).
“They will look upon his face, and his name will be on their foreheads” (Rev. 22:4).
When we think of Heaven, pictures of angels floating on clouds playing harps, choirs singing magnificent hymns, and a parade of saints worshipping almighty God come to mind. The fact is that we have no idea how magnificent Heaven is. The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes Heaven as “eternal life with God; communion of life and love with the Trinity and all the blessed. Heaven is the state of supreme and definitive happiness, the great and deepest longings of humanity” (CCC 1023). Heaven is the face-to-face encounter with our Creator. It is a constant renewal of the human soul and the most joyful place imaginable.
Bishop Fulton Sheen once described Heaven this way: “Look at your heart! It tells the story of why you were made. It is not perfect in shape and contour, like a Valentine Heart. There seems to be a small piece missing out of the side of every human heart. That may be to symbolize a piece that was torn out of the Heart of Christ which embraced all humanity on the Cross. But I think the real meaning is that when God made your human heart, He found it so good and so lovable that He kept a small sample of it in Heaven. He sent the rest of it into this world to enjoy his gifts, and to use them as stepping stones back to Him, but to be ever mindful that you can never love anything in this world with your whole heart because you have not a whole heart with which to love. In order to love anyone with your whole heart, in order to be really peaceful, in order to be really wholehearted, you must go back to God to receive the piece He has been keeping for you for all eternity!” (You, by Fulton Sheen, p. 7).
So there you have it. Heaven is the place where God is keeping that tiny piece of your heart, and the place where you will be whole again. That is worth any sacrifice and worth the wait!