For the next two weeks we’re talking about the life we’ll live some day when we’re done on earth. In my opinion, it’s very helpful to get a big-picture-overview, as in this lesson, but perhaps more valuable would be just making life in heaven (and hell and purgatory) a part of your everyday vocabulary. There are many references in the Catechism and Scripture about the wonders of heaven:
Eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, it has not even entered the human heard what God has prepared for those who love Him! -1 Corinthians 2:9
That’s something worth talking about! No matter how great our best day is on earth, eternity in heaven is a bajillion* times better!
[Excited exclamation] “This is the Best Day EVER!”
[Confident reply] “I know! It’s hard to imagine that heaven is going to be lots and lots better, but Jesus promises it will be!”
[Loving declaration] “I love you more than anything, Mommy!”
[Teachable Moment Mommy] “I love you too and it’s going to be even more perfect when we’re in heaven together someday!”
[Sad-faced child] “It’s not fair! The other kids wouldn’t share with me.
[Wise Daddy] “I’m sorry to hear that. Some day in heaven everything will be perfect. Until then, let’s see what we can do to make this better.
I’m not saying you should dismiss every little joy and sorrow while here on earth, but since we were created for eternal communion with God and heaven is our ultimate goal, it’s good to keep our eyes on the prize and heaven should become as real to you as what is happening here and now.