Posts Tagged ‘Last Things’

Ask the Cardinal: The Last Things Revisited in Light of Lent

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Experience shows that answers to questions tend to prompt more questions.  So it is with last month’s series on the Last Things.  As we proceed toward the Paschal Mystery of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection, which are offered to us for our own redemption and salvation into new and eternal life, I would like […] [Read more]

The Definitive Blessing of Life in the Glory of Heaven

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

What lies beyond death is shrouded in mystery, something that we cannot fully comprehend, but Jesus Christ offers us the Good News of heaven, of new and everlasting life even after our earthly bodies have died and our temporal existence has ended. Still, all human attempts to describe precisely what heaven is like will fail. […] [Read more]

The Mystery and Tragedy of Hell

Friday, February 17th, 2017

As much as we might prefer to deny it, hell is a reality (CCC 1034-35). But exactly what hell is like and how it is experienced is couched in imagery and mystery. Scripture uses two very different pictures to describe hell – unquenchable fire, yet also cold darkness. Dante’s The Inferno depicts hell with various […] [Read more]

The Questions of Purgatory and Limbo

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Any discussion on the Last Things – death, judgment, heaven and hell – is incomplete without taking up the matters of purgatory and “limbo.” In the popular imagination, purgatory is thought of as a place not unlike a waiting room. In fact, purgatory is not so much a location as it is a temporary state […] [Read more]

Judgment and Getting a Good Judgment

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

In Michelangelo’s Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel, Jesus stands as the awesome central figure. This reminds us of the Gospel’s final rendering of justice depicting those who have been found worthy and those who have not (Matthew 25:31-46). We know that two kinds of judgments will be rendered and we cannot help but ask […] [Read more]

The Mystery of Death and the Blessing of Christian Hope

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Eventually, bodies give out, all biological processes cease and then . . . utter and unsettling stillness of the flesh. Facing the reality of death is one of the hardest moments in life. When it arrives for someone we love, there is a host of emotions to work through; fear, sadness, despair, anger to name […] [Read more]