Will We Have “Work” to Do in Heaven?

When I was young, I had an esoteric view of heaven as a place where you sat around all day on a cloud, smiling and looking down at the earth below.  "Pretty boring," I thought.So I have a question for you:Will we have work to do in heaven?Oh, I know that heaven is a place of "eternal rest."  And for sure, there are some sorts of jobs we will leave behind.In heaven, we will not:groan when the alarm goes off at 6:20 a.m. dread the day ahead, when the boss will be crabby and t … [Read more...]

Heaven Is For Real: Secrets Colton Burpo Didn’t Tell You in the Book or the Movie

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Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. --John 20:30SAY WHAT?!  I've always found that single sentence in the Gospel of John, which was read this morning at Mass, to be one of the most compelling.  I mean, you're telling me there are other things that happened--other miracles, other healings, other resurrections, other multiplications of loaves and fishes--which the evangelist saw, but which he doesn't tell us about?Well, for go … [Read more...]

“Heaven Is For Real” Movie Is Coming to Theatres at Easter

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Three-year-old Colton Burpo underwent emergency surgery in 2003, following a burst appendix.  On the operating table, Colton had a brush with death, and lay unconscious for 17 days; and doctors told his family that he was not expected to live.But Colton did survive—and several months later, he began to tell stories that shocked even his family about the time while he lay unconscious.   He described events about which he could never have known, and people whom he had never met.  He described a … [Read more...]