Stewards of Heavenly Visions

Stewards of Heavenly Visions!

No one really knows what heaven is like. However, the Jewish and Christian traditions are all about living beyond this life. When we attempt to envision heaven, we must use the language and the experiences that we do know, inadequate as they are.

On this most sacred and holy “ween”, we plunge into the last month of the liturgical year. November is the month that we honor the dead. Actually, we celebrate the dead. Holy Evening (Halloween) is simply like celebrating Christmas Eve…We just can’t wait to get there!

“There”, is a place of love. “Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.” (Saint John’s First Letter 3:1-3)

The first day of November is a celebration of ALL SAINTS, those who are in the Heavenly Vision. The second day of November is a celebration of ALL SOULS, those loved ones who are in the Heavenly Vision. And yes, there are animals in heaven!

This world that we live in is simply a reflection of heaven, God’s love.

There are 12 months of the year and 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night. The four seasons dance like the 4 flying creatures encircling the throne of God. “Dance, dance, wherever you may be. I am the Lord of the dance said He. I’ll lead you all wherever you may be, for I am the Lord of the dance said He.”

We spend about 40 weeks in our mother’s womb. Every 7 days we Catholics come to feast on the Lamb of God. In a way, the lion lays down with the lamb. The doe yearns for running streams. God raises us up on eagles’ wings. What I am attempting to say is that Heaven is in harmony with our Mother Earth. Earth is like our womb. Something most amazing and incomprehensible is happening. We are being birthed into Heaven. “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it even dawned on us what God has prepared for those who love him.”

“The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.”

Beloved, when John uses the inadequate words to describe heaven in the Book of Revelation, we sometimes think it is static and boring. But Saint John is only and basically giving us a simple picture. This snapshot is awesome and filled with animals. But it is only a snapshot. It is like when we see a picture in a brochure of a beautiful place we are preparing to go on vacation to for the first time. We dream of going to this Paradise, but once we go through all the struggles to save up money and time to go there, the place is living and more beautiful than we could ever imagine by looking at the picture.

All of our senses; taste, smell, sight, hearing and touch make all the difference. Within the human being there is the “6th” sense that people have a hard time explaining or recognizing. This is like when we sense that a loved one has died when we are hundreds or thousands of miles away. It happened to me this week when Sister Josephine O’Leary died at 1:30 AM in Ireland. That night I couldn’t sleep and felt very restless in my bed. Sister Patricia called me later that day to tell me that she died peacefully with a smile on her face. What did she see? We had just visited her last May. She was and is a wonderful soul who served as a teacher and principle of Sacred Heart School for over 45 years. The last 3 years have been a struggle after Sister Regina died. The “6th” sense leads to the “7th” sense.

The 7th sense is life like you have never imagined. It is like an eternal vacation in the most beautiful and spectacular scenery in which we comprehend more and more like an infant who becomes more and more aware of the earth until she becomes an adult.

And so now I invite you to read the book of Revelation as a picture in a travel magazine. We cannot understand or comprehend it until the day we actually travel to our place of desire. And o, and please notice the animals in heaven!

A Picture of Heaven:
Revelation 7:9-14

After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the lamb.”

All the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They prostrated themselves before the throne, worshiped God, and exclaimed:

“Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving,
honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, “Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?” I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.” He said to me, “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.”

Beloved, have a most wonderful November. Explore all of your “7” senses!

Love, joy, peace,

Father Ron Moses+

Journey of a Soul into Eternity

It doesn’t matter who we are, we all are on a journey in this life.

We all must be born and thrust out into the world usually against our will. We were all created from the sperm of a man and an egg of a woman. We strive to understand these donors as “Father” and “Mother”. Sometimes, because of circumstances that just are, others must step in out of love as foster parents to raise and love us.

Who would want to leave the warmth of our mother’s womb? We can’t fathom nor dream how total consciousness gets better and better. Human beings seem to be the only living creatures that are capable of contemplating the future and past. We think about an afterlife. Susi Pitman’s book, Animals in Heaven? Catholics want to know, contemplates whether our pets and animals will or are in heaven. We human beings can raise this kind of question, however animals don’t appear to “think” about it. Animals don’t write about thoughts like this article is doing, nor do they read and understand like you are doing at this moment. It isn’t good or bad, it is just an observation.

Sometimes, when life and being human becomes difficult, we wish we were like our pets. A dog or cat in a loving family really doesn’t worry about much. Nothing keeps them awake at night thinking. All of their worries and needs are in the present. Unlike our spouses, the more delayed you are in getting home, the happier the dog gets when you finally return home!

Basically, we are all more like animals than we are different. All of us strive to survive. We want to live. Even the person who commits suicide wants to live. The emotional, spiritual and physical pain has become unmanageable. The suicidal person, who basically has a “spiritual heart attack”, is hoping to get the life back flowing in their lives.

God is good, just look around. God doesn’t make junk. Too often, we focus and belittle ourselves mostly as sinners without looking at ourselves as a miracle of life. My experience of God is a loving Father and Mother. My hope is that God will always be this loving. God is always waiting for me to come home. God embraces you and me everyday with breath and a heartbeat. Mean dogs are only mean because they were trained to be mean by human beings. We are all first and foremost incredible, fantastic and beloved children of God. None of us would ever believe for a second that it is okay to abuse or injure a baby or toddler. And yet, we were all once just that. Loved. The only time a child is abused or aborted is when we fail to see the child as a one-of-a-kind and unique person like all of us. Those people are simply blind or dead to being open to the miracle of life and transcendence.

It is difficult to live. And it will be difficult to die. We see it coming and know that no one gets out of this world without dying. It is natural. I look forward to my death for it will be a journey, my journey. Don’t be afraid of living in heaven today on this earth. Life is an opportunity to journey and transcend our world and become more and more like our Creator. Amazing! Crazy! Fabulous! Forever.

Newborn babies don’t have a clue as to what is happening, but consciousness is a slow process. I suspect heaven will be the same. We are loved and God understands that we couldn’t possibly feed and protect ourselves from the beginning.

Trust God’s love for you and have a blessed day as a Steward of God’s Creation, which includes being stewards of our “thinking” and “birthing into heaven”.

Love, joy, peace,

Father Ron Moses +

Pura Vida

Seven Years since the Battle of Fallujah

I guess I have been quite negligent in this blog.

Here I am on the 7th anniversary of being in the Battle for Fallujah.
My view of life is different.
It has been tough.
It has been wonderful.
It has been a long journey.
Since I last posted, much has happened. June 2011, I was elected the State Chaplain of the VFW for Florida.
This past weekend I went to the Fall Meeting in West Palm Beach.

What I realized is that the Veterans of Foreign Wars must someday close their doors. This will only be accomplished if we don’t participate in any more wars overseas. I truly do desire for World Peace. WE MUST BE PEACEFUL first in our own families.
Can you imagine the joy if 100 years from now we would no longer need an association of war veterans? It would be a celebration.
No more Tears!
This is my dream and hope.
Just imagine!
Love, joy, peace,
Father Ron

Imagine World Peace