...is they have concern for us.
I’ve heard a few times that if those in
heaven are perfectly happy then they must not worry about us because our
sins would cause them sadness. Yet, we all believe in a God who is
both perfectly content and yet very concerned about us.
Isn’t loving God above everything and loving our neighbors as
ourselves a requirement for getting to heaven? Wouldn’t it be odd for
the second-greatest commandment—loving your neighbor—to go away once we
reach heaven? This is like escaping a burning building and not being
worried about those still inside. In our last post we mentioned that
those in heaven rejoice at the repentance of a sinner (Lk 15:10); isn’t
this a clear sign that the saints continue to care for us?
Happiness doesn’t come from ignoring sadness; it comes from trusting in
God at even the saddest times. Many of the saints became holy by caring
for the sick and the poor here on earth. What sense would it make for
them to stop caring for the rest of us now that they’re in heaven? How
could being in the presence of perfect love and charity make them less
loving and charitable?
That the saints in haven have concern for us is yet another reason Catholics believe we’re in communion with them.