Some Beautiful Words About HEAVEN.

(Words taken from Martin Von Cochem’s ‘The Four Last Things’)

The more good a saint has done on earth, the grander is the residence assigned him in heaven. These palaces and mansions are transparent as crystal and built of precious stones of the costliest kind. And we may add on the authority of a learned theologian, that the blessed hold intercourse with one another, and meet together to laud and magnify the omnipotence of the Most High, who prepared for them such glorious abodes, and join in extolling His wisdom and His love…

St. Augustine, St. Anselm, and many other saints do not hesitate to maintain that there are in heaven real trees, real fruits, and real flowers, indescribably attractive and delightful to the sight, taste, smell, and touch, different from anything we can imagine. In the revelations of the saints mention is made of the gardens in heaven, and the flowers that blossom there; and we know it is recorded in the legend of St. Dorothea, that she sent to Theophilus by the hands of an angel a basket of flowers culled in the gardens of the celestial paradise, of such surpassing beauty that the sight of them led him to become a Christian, and lay down his life for the faith of Christ.

We also read in the life of St. Didacus, that on coming to himself after a trance into which he fell shortly before his death, he cried aloud: “O what flowers there are in paradise! what flowers there are in paradise!” Similar incidents are frequently to be met with in the legends of the saints. 

Consider how delightful it will be for the happy ones who are saved to wander in the celestial gardens, and contemplate those fair flowers. How pleasing the lovely blossoms are to the eye, how delicious is the fragrance they exhale! Of a truth, if a man were to obtain possession of a single one of these heavenly flowers, it would produce on him the same effect as on Theophilus. He would be spoiled for all the beauty of earth, and would strive with his whole soul after the perfect beauty of heaven… 

In her revelations to St. Bridget, the Blessed Mother of God once said:

“The saints stand around my Son like countless stars, whose glory is not to be compared with any temporal light. Believe me, if the saints could be seen shining with the glory they now possess, no human eye could endure their light; all would turn away, dazzled and blinded.”

The glorified body will be able to traverse the greatest distance with the speed of thought. In one moment it can come down from heaven to earth; in one moment it can pass from one end of the heavens to the other, without labor, without fatigue, without difficulty. We often wish that we could fly like the birds, that we could speed on our way like clouds on the wings of the wind, that we could follow thought in its rapid flight. If it were possible to purchase this power, every one would part with all his worldly wealth for it, if only to obtain it for one single year… 

It would be unwise were we to attempt to describe the gratification it will be to the ear to hear the canticles of the angels, and the soft music of their harps. The nine choirs of angels will sing the praise of God, and the blessed will join them not only in heart, for they will mingle their voices also in the sweet harmony. Thus the powers of both soul and body will be exercised, and the praises of God will ascend in melodious hymns and celestial songs. For if we mortals are impelled by fervent love and heartfelt joy to lift our voice in song, how much more will the holy angels and blessed saints do so, who are all aflame with the love of God, and filled with joy unspeakable. Their hymns of praise will resound without ceasing through the courts of heaven. In a prophetic spirit the elder Tobias says: “The gates of Jerusalem shall be built of sapphire and of emerald, and all the walls thereof round about with precious stones, all its streets shall be paved with white and clean stones, and alleluia shall be sung in its streets” (Tob. xiii. 21, 22)… 

The delicious odors of paradise surpass anything that man can imagine. The fairest lilies, roses, violets, carnations, and other rare and lovely flowers grow in the gardens of the heavenly paradise, and their fragrance is so delightful, that if a man had but a petal of one of those flowers, he would be overcome by the sweetness of the perfume. “Israel [that is the company of the redeemed] shall spring as the lily, and his smell shall be that of Libanus” (Osee xiv. 6). 

Experience has abundantly shown that the bodies of the saints whilst in their graves already emit a fragrant smell; how much more powerful will that fragrance be when they are again raised to life and glorified. Above all the bodies of Christ and of His Blessed Mother will exhale so sweet a perfume that all heaven will be pervaded by it… 

Even the sense of taste will be gratified in heaven, not, it is true, by the consumption of ordinary food, but in a manner whereof we can as yet form no conjecture. The blessed will taste a sweet sustenance which will satisfy them, as we learn from the words of the Royal Psalmist: “They shall be inebriated with the plenty of Thy house, Thou shalt make them drink of the torrent of Thy pleasure” (Ps. xxxv. 9).

The sense of touch will have its own peculiar enjoyment. The more one has mortified himself here on earth, the greater will be his bodily wellbeing hereafter. St. Anselm says: “In the future life the saints will experience a feeling of untold comfort and ease. This pleasurable sensation will pervade every member, producing a wondrous sense of peace and contentment.” 

Finally, the redeemed will take very great pleasure in beholding one another, in conversing with one another, in kindly intercourse and friendly communication. Think how beautiful a sight it will be to see hundreds of thousands of beings in all the splendor of their glorified state. If on earth we esteem it a pleasure to look upon a handsome face, we can appreciate in some slight degree what it will be in heaven, the lowliest of whose inhabitants is possessed of a beauty far exceeding the personal attractions of any mortal man.

 

Union With God: “An Anticipated Paradise”!

“… the sweetness of My Divinity surpasses incomparably all the pleasures of the flesh and the senses… all earthly and corporal pleasure is but as a drop of dew to this great ocean.”

– Jesus to St. Gertrude

Our Lord continues: “… And yet these sensible pleasures often draw men away irresistibly, though they know how they endanger, not only their bodies, but even their souls. How, then, should a soul penetrated with the sweetness of My Divinity be able to hinder itself from being carried away by the attractions of a love which will constitute its eternal felicity?”

The purpose of this article is to inspire us with a greater desire for intimate union with God. Although mystical contemplation is an unmerited grace that God bestows on whom He wills, we may all aspire to the interior life. The joys of the interior life, such as those experienced by the saints, far surpass any earthly pleasure. It would be wrong to seek these gifts as ends in themselves, but as we grow in love of God we will naturally find greater delight in His presence.

God invites us ALL to intimate union with Him

“My happiness is to reproduce Myself in the souls that I created through love.

The more a soul allows me to reproduce Myself truly in itself, the more happiness and repose I feel in it.

The greatest joy a soul can give Me is to let Me raise it to the Divinity.”

– Jesus to Bl. Dina Belanger

How do we nourish our Interior Life?

“If a soul desires to become interior quickly, and to preserve and increase this treasure, she ought:

(1) To love silence;

(2) To practice continual mortification;

(3) To surrender herself wholly to the authority of Love, like a straw on the water;

(4) To keep herself as much as possible in the sanctuary of her heart, to enjoy God, to speak to God, to listen to God, and to give herself to God.”

– Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata

 What hinders the Interior Life?

 “The touchstone of sanctity is mortification; and the love of comforts is the ruin of sanctity.”

– Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata

God calls us to be saints, not merely for our own sake and for God’s glory, but for the salvation of immortal souls:

“Souls are not saved if nothing is done for them. I died on the Cross to save them—I ask of thee no great thing—only a word withheld, a look repressed, a pleasant thought banished, in a word all that restrains and mortifies nature. These little things, united to My infinite merits, acquire a great value.” – Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata

“Why is it that so few souls walk with a resolute step in the way of Love? It is because few enter with generosity into the way of sacrifice.”

– Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata

 Fruits of the Interior Life

“THE LIFE OF UNION WITH GOD IS AN ANTICIPATED PARADISE: IT IS HEAVEN ON EARTH, THE HEAVEN OF THE INTERIOR SOUL. 

The more a soul loves purity of heart, the better is she fitted for converse with God.

God acts with the pure of heart as a mother acts with her little babe.

Purity of heart, humility of heart, detachment, gives all (to God) but especially it gives oneself; it is this God seeks in a soul that He may communicate Himself to her with a most intimate and loving communication.”

– Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata

“Penance brings light to the soul. It consumes and causes to disappear all in it that is purely material. It raises him higher and higher above the earth, making him taste of delights hitherto unknown and pure. But this penance should be the daughter of reverence and exist in the soul, hidden from all humans.”

(Conchita’s Diary, Sept. 24, 1895)