Heaven can wait, we hear . . .

Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground

Not my call anyway. But can’t wait for heaven? Now you’re talkin’. Very important Christian thought that is.

Purgatory part of the deal, yes, offering a goad to good performance and not to be dismissed. But we need more than a goad, which is where heaven comes in? I think so.

In motivational terms, we’re talking about here. High praise for something to say it works for us, no? Yes.

So let’s not forget the joy to come when, cleaned up for the experience (purged), we cash in, if you pardon the earthy expression.

In omnibus respice finem, Fr. Kemper, young Jesuits’ spiritual father in olden days, used to say. Consider the end whatever you’re doing.

Or as the young Jesuit John Berchmans made his motto centuries before, Quid hoc ad aeternitatem? How does this make sense — whatever you’re doing — in view of the afterlife?

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