Where possible, I have chosen the dates when they left this world for the next.
Please do everything possible to get your soul to heaven when you die. Here is an excellent article (Why Satan Hates the Brown Scapular) on why you should pray the rosary, get to confession as often as possible and wear a brown scapular from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (feast July 16th). We need these protections. Don’t miss your opportunity!
September 3– “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Jesus (Matt, CH 18 Vs. 3)
September 5 -“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?” ― Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
September 6 – “People have argued for centuries about Heaven. Some say it is a place and others say it is a state, but Scripture indicates it is both. It tells us in many places the Kingdom of Heaven is “within” and “among” us. Jesus tells us, “No one has gone up to Heaven except the One who came down from Heaven,—the Son of Man who is in Heaven.” – Mother Angelica
September 7 – “Christ died so that we will have eternal life in Him in Heaven. What it looks like doesn’t matter, what it smells like doesn’t matter, as long as Christ is there it will be Heaven to me.” -T.D. Jakes
September 14 – “Heaven wheels above you, displaying to you her eternal glories, and still your eyes are on the ground.”
“This heaven has no other where than this:
the mind of God, in which are kindled both the love that turns it and the force it rains.
As in a circle, light and love enclose it, as it surrounds the rest and that enclosing, only He who encloses understands.
No other heaven measures this sphere’s motion, but it serves as the measure for the rest, even as half and fifth determine ten;” – Dante Alighieri (Paradiso)
September 15 – “I see that as far as God is concerned, paradise has no gates, but he who will may enter. For God is all mercy, and his open arms are ever extended to receive us into his glory.” – St. Catherine of Genoa
September 16 – “Heaven is beyond human comprehension. Those in Heaven are in a state of complete satisfaction.
They are at the highest level of well-being, consumed by love that goes beyond any love you have ever felt. They’re beyond happy.
The joy they feel is a normal and constant state. There’s no more pain. There’s no more suffering. There’s no more tending to a body. There is no more worry over money. There is no more need for clothes or living quarters and there’s no more loneliness. In Heaven souls love each other with a love unknown in the bondage of earthly life and are united with those who have preceded them. – Spirit Daily News
September 19 – “It’s vast space with a brilliant light that never wavers. A light that never fades. A light that is not reflected off objects so much as radiating from them. It’s like nothing of the earth. Nor are the colors. In brilliancy, texture, and variability the colors are beyond earthly colors. The most beautiful color of earth, the most incredible azure, is but a shadow of Heavenly azure.
Everything on earth is a mere shadow. The people are often seen by visionaries wearing pink, gray, or yellow robes and this is also the way those who experienced death have described them: robes that are really nothing of this world but described like pastel.
There is music. There is Heavenly music. It too is like nothing on earth. The music is from an actual choir of angels and it’s a beautiful, calming, and exalting music, a sound that constantly praises God.
There are exquisite aromas. The smells are also beyond earth. And then there are meetings with loved ones.” – Seers at Medjugorje (Spirit Daily)
September 20 – “Enormous buildings stood in a beautiful sunny park and there was a relationship between the various structures, a pattern to the way they were arranged, that reminded me of a well-planned university, …Except that to compare what I was now seeing with anything on earth was ridiculous… I could not tell if they were men or women, old or young, for all were covered from head to foot in loose-flowing hooded cloaks which made me think vaguely of monks,…But the atmosphere of the place was not at all as I imagined a monastery. It was more like some tremendous study center, humming with the excitement of great discovery. Whatever else these people might be, they appeared utterly and supremely self-forgetful — absorbed in some vast purpose beyond themselves.”
“Next we walked through a library the size of the whole University of Richmond,… I gazed into rooms lined floor to ceiling with documents on parchment, clay, leather, metal, paper. ‘Here,’ the thought occurred to me, ‘are assembled the important books of the universe.'”
“Some unnamable promise seemed to vibrate through the vast emptiness, and then I saw, infinitely far off, far too distant to be visible with any kind of sight I knew of, a city. A glowing, seemingly endless city, bright enough to be seen over all the unimaginable distance between. The brightness seemed to shine from the very walls and streets of this place, and from beings which I could now discern moving about within it. In fact, the city and everything in it seemed to be made of light. …People kept Jesus the focus of their lives,” who “had looked for Him in everything.” – Dr. George G. Ritchie (Psychiatrist) Return from Tomorrow
September 23 – “Heaven is total joy, continuous joy. We will be constantly thanking God. It is useless to try to figure out exactly what heaven is like, because we can’t understand it. But when the veil of this life is taken off, we will understand things in a different way.”
” . . . at night when I close my eyes the veil is lifted and I see paradise open up before me: and gladdened by this vision I sleep with a smile of sweet beatitude on my lips and a perfectly tranquil countenance . . . ” – St. Pio of Pietrecina
September 30 – “When I die, I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens. I will spend my heaven by doing good on earth.” – St. Thérèse de Lisieux
October 5 – “…I was in heaven and I saw its inconceivable beauties and the happiness that awaits us after death. I saw how all creatures give ceaseless praise and glory to God. I saw how great is happiness in God, which spreads to all creatures, making them happy; and than all the glory and praise which springs from this happiness returns to its source; and they enter into the depths of God, contemplating the inner life of God… This source of happiness is unchanging in its essence, but it is always new, gushing forth happiness for all creatures.” – St. Faustina (Diary 777).
October 12 – “God made me the messenger of the new heaven and new earth of which he spoke in the Apocalypse of St. John after having spoken of it through the mouth of Isaiah; and he showed me the spot where to find it.” – Christopher Columbus
November 22 – “We are afraid that heaven is a bribe, and that if we make it our goal we shall no longer be disinterested. It is not so. Heaven offers nothing that a mercenary soul can desire. It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to. …But God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love. Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it–made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand. – C.S. Lewis (The Problem of Pain, chapter 10, paragraphs 1& 3)
January 8 – “The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go.” – Galileo Galelei
January 18 – “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” – Jesus to St. Peter (Book of Matthew) Note: The keys of heaven or keys of Saint Peter are seen as a symbol of papal authority. Which is why Saint Peter is often depicted in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox paintings and other artwork as holding a key or a set of keys.
January 25 – The Conversion of Paul (during his approach to Damascus). (add more here…)
January 31 – Saint John Bosco told his pupils:
As you know, dreams come in one’s sleep. So during the night hours of December 6, while I was in my room – whether reading or pacing back and forth or resting in my bed, I am not sure – I began dreaming.
Marvelous Garden It suddenly seemed to me that I was standing on a small mound or hillock, on the rim of a broad plain so far-reaching that the eye could not compass its boundaries lost in vastness. All was blue, blue as the calmest sea, though what I saw was not water. It resembled a highly polished, sparkling sea of glass. Stretching out beneath, behind and on either side of me was an expanse of what looked like seashore.
Broad, imposing avenues divided the plain into grand gardens of indescribable beauty, each broken up by thickets, lawns, and flower beds of varied shapes and colors.
None of the plants we know could ever give you an idea of those flowers, although there was a resemblance of sorts. The very grass, the flowers, the trees, and the fruit – all were of singular and magnificent beauty. Leaves were of gold, trunks and boughs were of diamonds, and every tiny detail was in keeping with this wealth. The various kinds of plants were beyond counting.
Each species and each single plant sparkled with a brilliance of its own. Scattered throughout those gardens and spread over the entire plain I could see countless buildings whose architecture, magnificence, harmony, grandeur and size were so unique that one could say all the treasures of earth could not suffice to build a single one. If only my boys had one such house, I said to myself, how they would love it, how happy they would be, and how much they would enjoy being there! Thus ran my thoughts as I gazed upon the exterior of those buildings, but how much greater must their inner splendor have been!
An Enchanting Melody As I stood there basking in the splendor of those gardens, I suddenly heard music most sweet – so delightful and enchanting a melody that I could never adequately describe it. … A hundred thousand instruments played, each with its own sound, uniquely different from all others, and every possible sound set the air alive with its resonant waves.
Blending with them were the songs of cloisters.
In those gardens I looked upon a multitude of people enjoying themselves happily, some singing, others playing, but every note, had the effect of a thousand different instruments playing together. At one and the same time, if you can imagine such a thing, one could hear all the notes of the chromatic scale, from the deepest to the highest, yet all in perfect harmony. Ah yes, we have nothing on earth to compare with that symphony.
Deepest Pleasure One could tell from the expression of those happy faces that the singers not only took the deepest pleasure in singing, but also received vast joy in listening to the others. The more they sang, the more pressing became their desire to sing. The more they listened the more vibrant became their yearning to hear more…
As I listened enthralled to that heavenly choir I saw an endless multitude of boys approaching me. Many I recognized as having been at the Oratory and in our other schools, but by far the majority of them were total strangers to me. Their endless ranks drew closer, headed by Dominic Savio, who was followed immediately by Father Alasonatti, Father Chiali, Father Guilitto and many other clerics and priests, each leading a squad of boys…
A Most Radiant Joy Once that host of boys got some eight or ten paces from me, they halted. There was a flash of light far brighter than before, the music stopped, and a hushed silence fell over all. A most radiant joy encompassed all the boys and sparkled in their eyes, their countenances aglow with happiness. They looked and smiled at me very pleasantly, as though to speak, but no one said a word.
Dominic Savio stepped forward a pace or two, standing so close to me that, had I stretched out my hand, I would surely have touched him. He too was silent and gazed upon me with a smile…
At last Dominic Savio spoke. “Why do you stand there silent, as though you were almost devitalized?” he asked. “Aren’t you the one who once feared nothing, holding your ground against slander, persecution, hostility, hardships and dangers of all sorts? Where is courage? Say something!”
Loving Warmth I forced myself to reply in a stammer, “I do not know what to say. Are you Dominic Savio?”
“Yes I am. Don’t you know me anymore?”
“How come you are here?” I asked still bewildered.
Savio spoke affectionately. “I came to talk with you. We spoke together so often on earth! Do you not recall how much you loved me, or how many tokens of friendship you gave me and how kind you were to me? And did I not return the warmth of your love? How much trust I placed in you! So why are you tongue-tied? Why are you shaking? Come ask me a question or two!”
Abode of Happiness Summoning my courage, I replied, “I am shaking because I don’t know where I am.”
“You are in the abode of happiness,” Savio answered, “where one experiences every joy, every delight.”
“Is this the reward of the just?”
“Not at all! Here we do not enjoy supernatural happiness but only a natural one, though greatly magnified.”
“Might I be allowed to see a little supernatural light?”
“No one can see it until he has come to see God as He is. The faintest ray of that light would instantly strike one dead, because the human senses are not sturdy enough to endure it.” – St. John Bosco (www.tfp.org)
The first point about eternal life is that man is united with God. For God himself is the reward and end of all our labors: I am your protector and your supreme reward. This union consists in seeing perfectly: At present we see through a glass, darkly; but then we shall see face to face.
Next it consists in perfect praise, according to the words of the prophet: Joy and happiness will be found in it, thanksgiving and words of praise.
It also consists in the complete satisfaction of desire, for there the blessed will be given more than they wanted or hoped for. The reason is that in this life no one can fulfil his longing, nor can any creature satisfy man’s desire. Only God satisfies, he infinitely exceeds all other pleasures. That is why man can rest in nothing but God. As Augustine says: You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our heart can find no rest until it rests in you.
Since in their heavenly home the saints will possess God completely, obviously their longing will be satisfied, and their glory will be even greater. That is why the Lord says: Enter into the joy of your Lord. Augustine adds: The fullness of joy will not enter into those who rejoice, but those who rejoice will enter into joy. I shall be satisfied when your glory is seen, and again: He who satisfies your desire with good things.
Whatever is delightful is there in superabundance. If delights are sought, there is supreme and most perfect delight. It is said of God, the supreme good: Boundless delights are in your right hand.
Again, eternal life consists of the joyous community of all the blessed, a community of supreme delight, since everyone will share all that is good with all the blessed. Everyone will love everyone else as himself, and therefore will rejoice in another’s good as in his own. So it follows that the happiness and joy of each grows in proportion to the joy of all. – excerpt from a conference on the Apostle’s Creed (Coll. super Credo in Deum: Opuscula theologica 2, Taurini 1954, pp. 216-7) by Saint Thomas Aquinas
March 12 – There was a man named Stephen who after crossing the bridge over foul water encountered “delightful meadows carpeted with green grass and sweet-smelling flowers. The meadows seemed to be meeting places for people clothed in white. Such a pleasant odor filled the air that the sweet smell by itself was enough to satisfy the inhabitants who were strolling there. In that place each one had his own separate dwelling, filled with magnificent light.” – Pope St. Gregory the Great (A.D. 604)
March 15 – “Knowest thou the shortest way to arrive at Heaven? It is that of confidence in My merits and fidelity to grace.” – Jesus to Sr. Benigna (March 15, 1905)
April 23 – “Now might I do it pat. Now he is a-praying. And now I’ll do ’t. And so he goes to heaven. And so am I revenged.—That would be scanned. A villain kills my father, and, for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send To heaven.” – Shakespeare’s Hamlet
June 8 Heaven—Haven (A nun takes the veil)
I HAVE desired to go Where springs not fail, To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail And a few lilies blow.
And I have asked to be Where no storms come, Where the green swell is in the havens dumb, And out of the swing of the sea. – Gerard Manley Hopkins
June 14 – “The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.” and “The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits.” ― G.K. Chesterton
June 26 – Christ’s kingdom is not just a figure of speech. Christ is alive; He lives as a man with the same body He took when He became man, when He rose after His death, the glorified body which subsists in the person of the word together with His human heart. Christ, true God true man, lives and reigns. He is the Lord of the universe. Everything that lives is kept in existence only through Him. Why, then, does He not appear to us all in His glory? Because His kingdom is “not of this world” although it is in this world. Jesus replied to Pilate, “I am a king. For this I was born and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” Those who expected the Messiah to have visible temporal power were mistaken. The kingdom of God does mean food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” St. Josemaria Escriva, Christ is Passing By, 180.
June 29 -“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God: But only he who sees takes off his shoes.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
July 2 – “Frank called me one day and said, ‘I have an idea for a movie, why don’t you come over and I’ll tell you?’ So I went over and we sat down and he said, ‘This picture starts in heaven’. That shook me.” -Jimmy Stewart
July 6 – “Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish; Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.” -St. Thomas More
July 31 -“If God has given you the world’s goods in abundance, it is to help you gain those of Heaven and to be a good example of sound teaching to your sons, servants, and relatives.” St. Ignatius of Loyola
August 28– “This totality called heaven and earth was as yet an unformed and lightless matter, from which were to be made that intelligible heaven (which is also called ‘the heaven of heavens’) and the earth (which refers to the whole physical entity, under which term may be included this corporeal heaven) — that is, He made the intelligible heaven from which every invisible and visible creature would be created. …God made heaven and earth, namely, the entire corporeal mass of the world, divided into two very great parts, one superior, the other inferior, with all those familiar and known creatures that are in them.” – St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo
August 31 – Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.” Joe Lewis (8/31/2012)