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Vision of Heaven?

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 Contents - Jul 2013AD2000 July 2013 - Buy a copy now
Homily: Saints John Fisher and Thomas More: from Pope Pius XI's canonisation homily
Cardinal Pell's candid responses to Victorian Parliament grilling - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Youth: Melbourne's young adult ministry continues its revival - Br Barry Coldrey
Paul VI: Humanae Vitae: still prophetic after 45 years - Anne Lastman
Cardinal Ouellet's Australian lecture: rediscover human nature - Owen Vyner
Social media: Catholic activism and the AussieMite affair - Damian Wyld
Formation: Future priests learn about the RCIA process - Rev Dr Elio Capra SDB
Obituary: Vale Fr Paul Duffy SJ (1931-2013) - Anna Krohn
Human dignity: Defence of marriage must be linked to defence of parenthood - Denise Hunnell
Musicae Sacrae: The essential role of music in the Mass - Ronan Reilly
Parody?: Anti-Catholic hate speech, Aussie Style (Move on, nothing to see here) - R.J. Stove
Letters: Vision of Heaven? - Peter Harris
Letters: Mr Hyde's lesson - John Ballantyne
Letters: Healthy families vital - Brendan Keogh
Letters: Finding true unity - Didymus Astle
Letters: Matter of conscience - Arnold Jago
Letters: Marriage simply is ... - Brian A. Coman
Letters: Guilt-free sin - Paul Voskulen
Letters: Offensive advert - Helen F. Daniel
Letters: Contact your candidates - Gerard Calilhanna
Letters: Christian civil rights - Name and Address Supplied
Books: SAINTS WHO RAISED THE DEAD: True Stories of Four Hundred Resurrection Miracles - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Books: ST JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA AND THE ORIGINS OF OPUS DEI - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
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Reflection: Benedict XVI: Sts Peter and Paul, two pillars of the Church

Winsome de Jong (May AD 2000) said that the explanation given by Cardinal Pell and Archbishop Mark Coleridge, when asked their definition of Heaven on ABC's Q&A, would not "win over the man in the street." Winsome, I too would need a Diploma in Theology to understand your vision of Heaven: "... souls being transformed into a state of Grace and then they enter a Heaven."

You said, "Heaven is to know the truth and purity of God's wisdom." I believe I know the truth and purity of God's wisdom and do not experience Heaven though I consider myself reasonably intelligent. To me, Heaven is simply the abode of God, wherever that may be, together with the spirits of those who have lived by His commandments.

Returning to Cardinal Pell, I did not see him on Q&A, but was told he gave an enlightened and polished interview.

PETER HARRIS
Tweed Heads, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 26 No 6 (July 2013), p. 15

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