Why Do Catholics ...?

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

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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Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.