After brainstorming with my husband, and testing a plethora of titles, only to find that the key words were already being used by other blogs, we settled upon “Eyes on Heaven.” Not only was this title available; it also reflects the purpose of our life, and therefore, the purpose of anything I could write in this blog.
For a person of faith, the life we now live is oriented toward another, greater life. Any of us that remember the old Baltimore Catechism probably remember this line: “We were created to know, love, and serve God in this life, and be with him in the next.” An apt way of summarizing not only the purpose of life, but also some of the greatest mysteries in life – knowledge, love, and service. No matter who we are, where we live, or what we do, we share a common humanity, a humanity that seeks the truth, desires love, and faces the reality of service in one form or another. The greatest joys in life come from knowing the truth, being able to love in daily life and, paradoxically, through serving others. I believe any parent can testify to the joy that can be found through serving the ones we love in truth.
In the midst of the tears and smiles in daily life, we must never forget their purpose. Every smile in this life is a foreshadowing of the eternal smile to come; every tear makes more room for a future smile. Keeping our eyes on heaven helps us put this life into perspective and recognize the meaning it has in light of the future.
I believe, however, that heaven does not just belong to the future. It is already with us. The sufferings and joys of this life go beyond the world we see, hear, smell, touch and taste. They touch an inner sense that resonates in the soul of every person, that allows us to reach past the limits of this life, and grasp something of that which lies beyond. I believe, we have our eyes on heaven now, not only as something that lies ahead of us, but as something that lies before, behind and beside us, disguised but present in our own lives. When I look into the eyes of a loved one, I’m looking at heaven; when I see the smile of a baby, I’m looking at heaven; when I see the indescribable beauty of nature that continues to inspire awe no matter how often I see it, I’m looking at heaven. When we finally reach our eternal home, we will find that it is much greater than anything we can imagine; nevertheless, I don’t want to miss the dimensions of heaven God has already placed among us.
This blog then, is a place to share reflections, experiences and treasures, either about the glimpses of heaven this life affords us, or about the struggles and meaning of life as a journey toward the heaven that awaits us, as seen in our own lives, or in the world around us.
“Let us go forward in peace, our eyes upon heaven, the only one goal of our labors.” St. Therese of Lisieux
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