Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Is There Anything More Boring than Heaven?

Dear Betty,

No, the problem is not that we are not saints.

The problem is that we do not know what a saint is.

The problem is that we don't know what it means to be holy.  Our image of sanctity is of a eunuch sitting quietly with a smile on his face - Buddha without the despair.

Likewise, we have no idea what heaven is.  George Bernard Shaw said that most people think of heaven as a long classical music concert - and most people don't want to go to heaven because most people don't like classical music.  Have you ever heard a sermon on heaven?

In my 20 years as a Catholic, I have heard perhaps 1,000 homilies. 995 have been on how much God loves us.  Four have mentioned all sexual sins other than fornication.  One mentioned fornication.  I have never heard a homily on

  • Greed
  • Usury
  • Maturity in Christ
  • Heaven (I've even heard hell mentioned maybe twice, but heaven is shied away from)
Yes, it angers me - but I think there's hope.  

Either existence is meaningless or there is such a thing as the Good.  If there is such a thing as the Good, then it's real, tangible, it has edges, it's offensive, you can bump into it.  

Everything else is our own form of make-believe.

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