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We often hear that when we die we will be reunited with our loved ones. Is this an official teaching of the Catholic Church?

BY The Editors

November 6-19, 2011 Issue | Posted 10/28/11 at 12:43 PM


That’s the definition of heaven from the Catechism (1024):

“This perfect life with the Most Holy Trinity — this communion of life and love with the Trinity, with the Virgin Mary, the angels and all the blessed — is called ‘heaven.’ Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness.”

So, if they’re there, we’ll be in communion of life and love with all of them.

You do have to take into account Mark 12:25 and Matthew 22:30. So we shouldn’t expect that our relationships with everyone will be quite what we have on earth. Our Lord doesn’t give us much more to go on, but if heaven is really that much better than earth, it really must be! We have to take his word for it.

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