The month of November is the time in which we in a special way remember our loved ones who have died. Our Catholic Faith tells us that “for those who have died, life is changed, not ended.” We are living in an age in which this truth is not readily embraced. For so many people, death is not the privileged moment when we finally meet the Lord face to face but, rather, just the end of our lives here on this earth. Rarely in the history of humankind has there been such an unhopeful understanding of death and of a world beyond this one. I think for so many people in our world today (and especially among our young people), hope in heaven, in the resurrection of the body, in a world beyond this one is just too much to hope for! There is a quiet despair in many people’s lives that the promises of religion seem almost like a fairytale—a good story but not in any way connected to objective truth. But, to quote Shakespeare, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” The reality of heaven is not something that we can rationally explain. Again, Saint Paul: “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, the mind cannot begin to comprehend what God has prepared for those who love Him!” I believe with all my heart that this world is not all there is. We are destined for something greater than this world. We were created for glory. And I believe that all the loved ones who have gone before me I shall see again. I cannot explain it. I cannot describe it. But I believe it more than I believe in the ground I walk on, than I believe in anything that is right before my nose.
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