Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory/My Faith/Theology

Heaven: Catholic Cheat Sheet

The Short Explanation

Heaven is where souls live in endless union with God, loving and praising Him and praying for souls not yet in heaven. Only those pure enough to be in God’s presence can be in heaven. Until Jesus died on the cross, heaven was not opened to mankind because of the eternal effects of our sins which would have kept us separated from God.

Why it Matters to You

Heaven is a big deal because you are an eternal being; your soul will live forever. God created you because He wants you to live with Him forever in heaven. We are given the gift of spending eternity with God because our souls have been saved by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. You have a choice to accept that salvation and claim your identity as God’s child and heir to His kingdom of heaven. This is not just a one-time choice, but a daily choice you make by your thoughts, words, and actions. What will you choose today?

Catechism References About Heaven

Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2796, 1053, 769, 269, 290-294, 1821

Bible Verses About Heaven

Genesis 1:8
Matthew 28:19-20
John 14:6
John 14:12
John 17:20-26
John 20:21
John 14:2
1 Corinthians 2:7-9
2 Corinthians 5:8
Philippians 1:21-23
Philippians 3:20-21

Saint Quotes About Heaven

St. Therese of Lisieux: For me prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look towards Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. (Manuscrits autobiographiques, C 25r.)

St. Therese of Lisieux: The world’s thy ship and not thy home. (The Story of a Soul)

St. Therese of Lisieux: Each time that my enemy would provoke me to combat, I behave as a gallant soldier. I know that a duel is an act of cowardice, and so, without once looking him in the face, I turn my back on the foe, then I hasten to my Saviour, and vow that I am ready to shed my blood in witness of my belief in Heaven. (The Story of a Soul)

Pope St. Pius X: Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to heaven.”

Don Bosco: You can fly to Heaven on the wings of confession and Communion.

Don Bosco: [Regarding our good works] God does not forget; He will repay everything in Heaven.

St. Ignatius of Loyola: He who beholds Heaven with a pure eye, sees better the darkness of earth; for, although the latter seems to have some brilliancy, it disappears before the splendor of the heavens.

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