Friday, September 30, 2016

Pets in Heaven?


I've been thinking about this a lot. I've often thought that I could never be happy without a cat, so I assume that our dearly beloved pets will be in heaven to greet us when we finally get there. I think of the passage about the lion lying down with the lamb and surely I think that in the new Jerusalem, we shall all be as we were meant to be. Perfect. With our perfect pets.

But, but, but ... perhaps I will not be ready for heaven if I have this great attachment to my cats. One thing I've been learning because of the chronic migraines (which are greatly reduced in number thanks to the Botox treatment) is letting go of attachments, even my attachment to this earthly life, all its pleasures. And if I cannot let go, I'm thinking I'll be spending a very long time in purgatory.  

What I keep coming back to is: Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matt 6:33).

What are your thoughts on this?

Also, although we cannot judge the state of any soul, we can certainly judge their actions and if they seem like they're on the road to hell, do you wonder whether you could be happy in heaven if a loved one isn't there? Does that mean you are not ready for heaven? I'm thinking again about attachments, how much letting go I need to do. I know there are no tears in heaven. Besides, a person who hates God wouldn't want to be in heaven. What I need to do is trust in God's perfect mercy and justice. 

ETA this quote from the Little Flower because I don't want to forget it.


Mirka Breen said...

I wondered about animals life-after-this, also, whenever one leaves us.

Barbara Etlin said...

This reminds me of an episode of the classic Twilight Zone, in which a man in wandering down a road after he has apparently died. He's with his old dog, who is also dead. He comes to a gate which seems to be the gate to Heaven. Everything looks wonderful until he's told "No dogs allowed." He goes on to another farm gate which looks kind of dilapidated, but his dog is welcomed there. He's told that this is the true Heaven and the other gate was to Hell.

Vijaya said...

Mirka, just came across a wonderful quote by the Little Flower on attachments so added it so that I don't forget.

Barb, thanks for that story. Does give one pause, no?