Catholic Fire tagged me with the Heaven Meme which asks but one question.
How do you envision Heaven?
Interesting question and one I have thought about. But I really don’t envision Heaven in any visual materialistic ways.
I mainly think of Heaven about what it means. Too often we are shown all those visions of heavens with clouds, cherub’s, Angels with harps etc. So much of the visual imagery of Heaven really does it a disservice and it is no wonder that many think of Heaven as something boring. In fact eternal boredom. We of course think of life by what we know via our senses and try to draw a parallel when we think of Heaven. So we try to imagine what we are doing now and continuing for ever or we see it as some utopia. St. Paul said "We see now in a glass darkly, but then face to face" and also that when he was taken up into the third heavens that he couldn’t describe it. Not having the same wisdom we try to describe what we haven’t seen.
When it comes to thinking about Heaven all my trust is in God. He knows us perfectly and also knows perfectly how to make us happy. The truth is that we were made for Heaven and we keep thinking we were made for the Earth. The idea that Heaven could be boring certainly shows a lack of faith in God. But maybe it is because so often we equate excitement and entertainment with sin. That it is the lack of sin that makes Heaven boring. That we see Heaven populated by Goody Two-shoes and we forget that to be fully human means to be without sin.
One of my favorite scenes in the movie The Passion of the Christ is the one with the playfulness of Jesus and Mary with Jesus splashing water on Mary. I for one would like to see more statues of Mary without her looking so dour. Sure some statues of her should show her sorrows, but I would like to see more that also shows her joy. St. Teresa of Avila was supposed to have said "God deliver us from sour-faced saints!" and I surely agree. Somehow we have confused holiness with grave seriousness – Mr. Spocks with halos.
What I do know about Heaven is simply that if I do make it see God face to face it will be with a smile on mine (at least after the resurrection of the body) and that whatever he has in store for me will be anything but boring.