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I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Wisdom helps prepare us for God’s heavenly banquet

There is a cliché in business journals that goes something like this: "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."

A similar question we need to ask ourselves is this: "Based upon my present behaviors, where is my life leading me?"

The first reading for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time speaks of the gift of wisdom, saying it is resplendent and unfading and "is readily perceived by those who love her and is found by those who seek her."

Have I found this gift of wisdom? How do I recognize this gift? What does it do for me?

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The kingdom of heaven is alive in our midst

The readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter are intended to help us to see the kingdom of God, not only in the next life, but also in our present life.

Beginning with the Gospel, we see Jesus try to allay the fears of the apostles, telling them He must go away to prepare a place for them and then He will return. "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me." He acknowledges their faith in God, and now He asks them to have that same faith in Him.

DEAR FATHER | Purgatory is a purifying process that draws us closer to heaven

One image of purgatory that was presented during my time in the seminary has stuck in my mind due to its vibrant, fearful image. In it, Mary is pictured with a scapular fishing souls out of purgatory, which is depicted as a sea of fire tormenting those occupying it. Needless to say, such an image wouldn't inspire anyone to want to go there.

While no one wants to go there, purgatory remains a truth that we can't escape. Popularly speaking, God is often viewed as too good to permit anyone to go to hell, let alone purgatory. This thought is only partially true, though.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Desarrollen sus imágenes del cielo

Aquí hay algo más grande que Salomón ... Hay algo más grande que Jonás."

Esto no es solamente algo que dice Jesús en Lucas 11, en una de las lecturas de esta semana, sino también un tema del Nuevo Testamento. Jesús es más grande que Juan el Bautista (Jn 1; 26-28). Él es más grande que Moisés (Hb 3; 3-6). Él es más importante que el Sabbath (Mc 2; 27-28). Él es más importante que el Templo (Mt 12;6).

El hecho que Jesús sea "más grande que" todo esto tiene implicaciones acerca de cómo pensamos acerca del cielo.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Develop your images of heaven

There is something greater than Solomon here ... there is something greater than Jonah here."

This isn't only something Jesus says in Luke 11, which we read this week, it's also a theme of the New Testament. Jesus is greater than John the Baptist (John 1:26-28). He's greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:3-6). He's greater than the Sabbath (Mark 2: 27-28). He's greater than the Temple (Matthew 12:6).

The fact that Jesus is "greater than" all of these has implications for how we think of heaven.

MAN OF THE HOUSE | We all have a responsibility to help each other get to heaven

I've received the St. Louis Review for years and always have read it. I must admit, I have read more of it since I became a regular columnist a few years ago. Now, I scour it front to back every week.

But I'm embarrassed to confess it was only recently that I noticed the masthead across the top of the front page. Right there, under the word Review, are these words:

Helping you get to Heaven.

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