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The Consolation of Eternal Life

A great many people believe that our eternal life will begin at the time of our death.  In reality, our eternal life with God began on the day of our Baptism, the day we became children of God.  As adopted members of God's family, we became heirs of Heaven; as our heritage, God shares His very life with us.  Life that is eternal, life that transcends all time and space.

When we reflect on this great truth, we can come to realize that those we love who have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith, have not been separated from us.  They are really much closer to us because they now live in the fullness of God's love, a love that embraces each one of us, whether here on earth or in the heavenly kingdom.  It is in this divine love that we are truly united, not only to God, but to each other.

At a time of mourning, we often feel that we are distant from those we love.  Actually, they are united with us now more than ever before.  No more do they know the restraints of the human condition.  Now they are able to love us with a deeper love, a fuller love, a love that is enriched by God's own love.  NO, death does not separate us from those we love.  It deepens our union with God and with each other.