Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Heaven Meme

Jean of Catholic Fire invited me to participate in this "meme" about heaven. Here is what she said about it:

St. Julian of Norwich describes heaven as a place of "eternal joy". She explains: "But we are not blessedly safe, possessing our endless joy, until we are all in peace and in love, that is to say wholly contented with God and with all his works and with all his judgments, and loving and content with ourselves and with our fellow Christians and with everything which God loves, as is pleasing to love."

This meme has one question:

How do you envision heaven?

My Reply:

Whatever happened to taking the time to meditate on heaven? In my fleeting moments, my thoughts of heaven are often more of relief than anything else. “In heaven, I won’t be worried about anything.” “In heaven, I won’t have doubts about what I should be doing on a day to day basis.” And on a lighter note, “In heaven, I’ll be able to sing on key!”

When I really stop to think prayerfully about heaven, it seems to me that it will be like spending time praying quietly before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened and I will give rest to your souls.”

At the same time, I think it will be like a big family gathering, where we will joyously sing carols, except that then when we sing them, the One to whom we are singing will be right there visibly, loving us. Of course, He loves us always; He loves us now, but we will be so much more aware of His love.

At the same time that my focus is on Our Lord and God, I think I’ll look over and exchange smiles with my loved ones, those who were near and dear on earth…and those who were dear but not so near, whom I only longed to meet. I think I will be welcomed warmly by Our Blessed Mother…and by my earthly mother, too, and we will understand each other perfectly.

I think we will be completely filled with love and peace and joy, of which we only get a foretaste here on earth.

I invite the following people to participate, if they have the time and desire:

Micki at Holy Cards for Your Inspiration
Alexandra at Happy Hearts at Home
Diana at St. Fiacre's Garden
Mary Poppins Not at Crazy Acres
Sean at The Blue Boar


Esther said...

What a wonderful depiction of heaven!!

Margaret Mary Myers said...

Thank you, Esther! :)

Jean M. Heimann said...

Just beautiful! I especially liked this part:
"I think I will be welcomed warmly by Our Blessed Mother…and by my earthly mother, too, and we will understand each other perfectly."

God bless you, MM!

Margaret Mary Myers said...

Thank you, Jean! :) I thought that was my best part of it, too. :)

Micki said...

I too love the idea of Mary and our earthly mother welcoming us. A great comforting thought and in continuation we with Mary will be welcoming our children.

MMM - Thank you for asking me to partake in this meme. When I first started getting invited I really considered if I should. I have chosen to keep my blog simple with a holy card and an inspirational quote or thought. But I do feel blessed to be offered the opportunity. And so I say, thank you so much.

Margaret Mary Myers said...

Micki, You're welcome. I do like to let people decide for themselves (rather than me deciding in advance), but I also love your clean format, keeping to one focus. Well, maybe by posting the invitation, someone new may have discovered your blog, which would be all to the good, as you have so much to offer!

Alexandra said...

Thanks for thinking of me, Margaret. I only hope I can be as eloquent! I'll post mine soon. :)