The Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into Heaven, 40 days after the Resurrection is sure reason for hope, happiness and joy as our heavenly home awaits all of us who love the Lord, follow His Commandments and serve Him in love by serving our brothers and sisters, especially the poor, forgotten, marginalized and the abandoned.

Could it not be clearer on how to get to heaven, the words of Jesus:  “I was hungry, thirsty, naked, sick and in prison and a foreigner and you helped me!  Whatsoever you did to these least of my brothers, that you did to me.” (Mt 25, The Parable of the Judgment of the nations).

Life is short; eternity is long and forever.    St. Peter puts it bluntly:  “In the eyes of God one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like one day.”  Augustine with his typical precision and eloquence asserts: “Our life in comparison to eternity is like a bat of the eye!”

Jesus promises us the best!  “I am going to prepare a place for you so  that where I am you also might be. In my Father’s house there are many mansions. If it were not so I would not have told you so.” (Jn. 14).  Wow!  To think that Jesus has prepared a mansion for me, ready for me in heaven that is waiting for me right now--  that should motivate me to live now like a citizen of heaven and leave all the encumbrances of the past and focus on the Lord Jesus who perfects my faith. (Hebrews).

What is heaven like??? We really do not know absolutely!  However St. Paul offers us a glimpse of an insight, with these encouraging words:  “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it entered into the mind of God the wonderful things that God has prepared for those who love Him.” (I Cor.2:9)    Again, “The sufferings of this present world cannot be compared to the glory that awaits the sons and daughters of God.” (Rom. 8:18)

St. Paul highlights the fact that what we sow in this life is what we will reap for eternity. If we sow in the flesh, then we will reap a harvest of corruption, but if we sow in the spirit, it will be a harvest of eternal life.”

The Book of Revelation compares the saints to the shining stars in the heavenly firmament.  The great theologian Hans Von Balthasar stated that in the firmament of heaven there are many stars that shine; however, some stars exceed others in brilliance. How? The more we live out the commandment of love in this life the more brilliant will be our refulgence for all eternity in the firmament of heaven!

The purpose of our short stay in this world is to get to heaven!  This is Principle and Foundation and  as well the traditional catechism.  “I am created to know God, love God, serve God in this life so as to be happy forever with Him in heaven!”

An EXERCISE!  Call to mind the happiest day or hours or even hour of your life!  What peace, joy, happiness, jubilation and consolation you experienced in that specific time!  Now!  Magnify that joy a million times; now add to that one more important ingredient: ETERNITY--- that means, forever and ever and ever! Bingo!  There you have a mere glimpse of what heaven will be like!

HOPE!  Heaven sparks hope in our hearts, amidst the problems, sorrows, contradictions, pains, and sufferings of life!  All of it will pass and disappear. That is why  the great  St Teresa of Avila stated that our life on earth is like one bad night in a bad tavern!  If we simply pray, persevere in grace and the love of God, are faithful to our daily duties, and die in grace, then heaven is ours. 

Therefore, in honor of Our Lord’s Ascension and Mary’s Assumption, often lift up your mind, heart, soul and being to heaven.  Have your hearts fixed on the higher realms where Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father!


1. PRAYER!  All the saints are in heaven due to prayer; all the damned are in hell because they did not pray or gave up prayer. Listen to the saints, starting with St. Alphonsus:  “He who prays well will be saved; he who prays little places in jeopardy his salvation; he who does not pray will be damned.” Augustine outdoes himself with “He who prays well lives well; he who lives well dies well; and he who dies well, all is well!”  Fantastic! Proposal! Try to pray a little bit more and a little bit better all the days of your life!

2. EUCHARIST!  Read John 6—the “Bread of Life Discourse”.  In unequivocal and transparent words and concepts Jesus affirms that our salvation depends on our nourishing our souls on “The Bread of Life”.   “I am the Bread of life, whoever eats my body and drinks my blood will have eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day…” Heaven starts on earth by allowing the Bread of life that descended from heaven to lift you to heaven by frequent and fervent Holy Communions! Start today: daily Mass and Holy Communion!

3. WORKS OF MERCY!  Our love for God cannot be sterile, like the fig tree that Jesus cursed because it bore no fruit.   We are called to bring forth fruit and fruit in abundance. “I am the vine and you are the branches. You must bring forth fruit and fruit in abundance.” Jesus said clearly that He came to bring life and life in abundance. (Jn. 15).  The most clear and concrete program for works of mercy is found in Mt. 25.  Feeding the hungry, slaking the thirst of the thirsty, clothing the naked, welcoming the stranger and visiting both the sick and the prisoner. All this is done for Jesus and the reward will be great in heaven!  To St Faustina Jesus encouraged at least one act of mercy every day: either by prayer, word or deed! Remember, however, charity begins at home!

4. END TO SIN!  Of course we always must be attentive, vigilant and faithful to our daily examen and as well as frequent confession, striving on a daily basis to eliminate as much as possible the poison, contagion, and spiritual leprosy of sin in entering our lives. One thing that does not exist in heaven is SIN!  St. Dominic Savio’s motto was “ Death rather than sin!”

5. MARY!  The greatest joy that we can bring to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is to strive on a daily basis to avoid sin, grow in prayer, practice virtue and live holy lives, persevere in grace and finally die in grace.  For that reason, the prayer that Mary loves so much is related to heaven. The words, “Pray for us now and at the hour of our death, Amen,” are words in which we implore Mary for “the grace of all graces” and it is the grace to die in the state of grace so as to attain the purpose of my existence: to live for God, die in God’s love so as to be welcomed into the eternal embrace of God.

Hope, happiness, and our Heavenly Home! Let us live this short life with our whole being yearning for God, so as to attain His Friendship for all eternity.  “As the deer yearns for the running streams so my soul yearns for you my God.”