Angelo A. Arada
Rev. Fr. Nemer Chua Death and Heaven
Death puts an end to human life as the time open to either accepting or rejecting the divine grace manifested in Christ.
- Cf. 2 Tim 1:9-10.
What happens when we die?
When a man dies, his immortal soul receives his eternal retribution in a particular judgment, a judgment that refers to his life to Christ: either entrance into blessedness of heaven through purification or immediate and everlasting damnation and hell.
I always hear people talking about death and see that they don’t want to think they will die. I always wonder why people are afraid of death when death opens up for us the door to enter heaven but on the other hand it also opens the door of eternal damnation or hell.
I have read a book that talks about dying and a book that talks about heaven. The first book was “Tuesdays with Morrie” which was written by Mitch Albom. The book tells about the story of Morrie Schwartz, the professor of Mitch, who is about to die and as he goes near to the end of his life, he decided to make a last thesis with Mitch. They always talk about the different aspects of life and their importance to man but the thing that struck me most is the topic about death. Morrie Schwartz who is already dying talks about death and said that “As you grow old, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you'd always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It's growth. It's more than the negative that you're going to die, it’s also the positive that you understand you're going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.” It means that death is not bad and always negative because learning that you’ll die will help you to live better. Learning about death help us to do the things we need to do as soon as possible because when we learn about...
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