In my article “Our homeland is in heaven” (May2015) I tried to explain what joy awaits in heaven using the support of Scripture and Tradition.

Audrey English responds to Dr Mobbs ...

In my article “Our homeland is in heaven” (May2015) I tried to explain what joy awaits in heaven using the support of Scripture and Tradition.

Dr Frank Mobbs objected to the fact that I did not rely on Scripture alone.

In my answer to his letter I explained again as clearly as possible what it means by saying that we shall see God as He is.

I thought I had answered all his objections but he insists that we have no idea of what heaven will be like.

Is Dr Mobbs unaware that Scripture is not the only source of Revelation? The Catholic Church teaches that Scripture and Tradition are the two sources of Revelation. (See the Catechism of the Catholic Church).

In the Creed we proclaim “I believe in the Catholic Church”. In the act of Faith we say “I believe all the Catholic Church believes and teaches”.

The Fathers of the Church, various Councils and Popes have given dogmatic definitions which are part of the Catholic Faith. For instance, the words “Trinity”, “Purgatory”, the dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and of the Assumption are not explicitly stated in Scripture but belong to the development of doctrine.

God has revealed himself as being One and Triune, that is, there are Three Persons in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Surely then when we shall see God “as He is”, we shall see each one of the Three Divine Persons.

The Council of Florence explicitly states that the blessed in heaven “clearly see God himself, one and three, as He is”.

I do not wish to further pursue this discussion. For my part I look forward to life everlasting and to the face to face vision of God.


Penshurst, NSW.


A further response to Dr Mobbs …

In response to Dr Frank Mobbs’ letter to editor in the September issue of AD2000 re Audrey English’s article on heaven, I am tempted to think that either the good doctor is simply being an agent provocateur or he is expressing heretical views.

Continuing to read Dr Mobbs I was tempted to think that I was reading the writing of someone of the “Sola Scriptura” persuasion.

Dr Mobb’s last line is a beauty: “We shall see each one of the three persons she avers. What would we see? Three whats? How does she know what we would see?”

OH goodness Dr Mobbs. You sir show signs of not believing in the Trinity. Jesus did say, “If you have seen me you have seen the Father.” (Jn 14: 9)  “The Father and I are one.” “Father, glorify me with the glory I had with you before the world existed.” (Jn 17:5).

Dr Mobbs, what the person who enters that blessed place called heaven will see is Jesus with His promise, “I go to prepare a place for you” and “in my Father’s house there are many rooms” (Jn 14:2) and His Father and the Spirit which animates all.

So Dr Mobbs, heaven is a place. It is a definite place. Jesus has spoken about it, though he has not used the language of the 21st century; but we can rest in the knowledge and assurance that Jesus has promised that He would go before us to prepare a place for us.

Finally, Dr Mobbs, my hope is that you were simply being petulant, rather than being serious about Audrey’s excellent article.


Vermont South, Vic.


What is eternal life?

After reading the correspondence about “The nature of heaven”, here is an extract of what Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote in his book God Is Near Us, under “What is eternal life?”:

“In our mortal life every moment is too short, because life itself seems to pass away with the moment before we can catch hold of it, while at the same time, each moment is too long for us, because the great number of moments, each always the same as the others, becomes too laborious for us.

“Eternity on the other hand is not a matter of lasting a long time or of what comes afterwards, something about which we can form no notion at all.

“Eternity is a new ‘quality of existence’, in which duration as an endless sequence of moments ‘disappears’ so that present and eternity are not, like present and future, located side by side and separated.

“As eternity is not endless time, but another level of being, the dividing line between eternal and temporal life is not of a chronological order; so that the years before death would be temporal life; the endless time afterward would be eternal life.”

As Jesus himself said: “He who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, he has passed from death to life” (John 5:24).

Eternal life is “in the midst of time” wherever we come face to face with God through the contemplation of the living God and as such is an indestructible love from which springs the courage and the joy to go on, even when exterior things are painful and hard, a situation which is so well expressed in Psalm 73 (Hebr.).

In other words, “heaven is eternal life”, and as eternal life is in the midst of time, Our Lady (although the Cardinal does not mention her) being “full of Grace” must have already experienced heaven during her life on earth notwithstanding she voluntarily accepted to be the Queen of Martyrs during her earthly life.


Shenzhen, PRC.



The rights of children

The rights and needs of children will suffer if marriage is changed from being between man and woman only.

This became more obvious in an article on 31 August this year from the New York Post titled, “Inside New York’s craziest custody case: four parents, one child.”

Veteran family lawyer Susan Bender had never handled a custody fight quite like this.

A gay male couple donated sperm from one of the men to a lesbian couple, resulting in a baby. Each couple bought identical New York apartments and decorated them exactly the same. The intention was to split the year into four quarters and rotate the primary parenting duties among themselves.

The arrangement fell apart after nine months. When a highly surprised custody judge read the petition, she looked at the parties and then asked Susan Bender, counsel for one of the women: “Counsel explain”.

In cases like this, how can a judge be expected to consider the needs of the child and for his decision to be equitable as well? New laws will have to be devised and catering for the rights and needs of the children will become harder to attain.


West Rockhampton, Qld.

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