The power of words to transcend space and time,
As Love, that comes from the deep well of Being,
Where all things return, and all are reborn.
We travel together in life; we go together in death.
Heaven is not a place you go to when you pass.
It is a state of being that you live into beginning in life.
When our bodies return to earth,
We will carry with us everything we have ever loved, and all who have loved us,
People, crows, dogs, trees…love in every capacity.
There will be no labels or ideologies to keep us apart.
I will live in your heart as you live in mine; Our relationships in Love make us real, eternal.
Whether our arms stretch across the boundaries of this life or the next,
Nothing is ever lost.
And I will not let go of your hand…
© M. G. Iannucci 2016
from Joseph Ratzinger’s book on Eschatology, written to console his theology students as they were confronted with life, death, and the question of life after death. You can also check out Elizabeth Johnson’s Ask the Beasts, and Karl Rahner’s On the Theology of Death.
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