With its final door, The Good Place proves useful for our journey once more: we cannot stop here, we must journey on.
But what if heaven is not primarily a place of peace, but instead a community, created by communal participation in the divine life? Such a conception of heaven allows us to begin to imagine it as a place of communal accountability — a place where all can be welcome only because all are responsible to one another: a place of justice.
To imagine there’s no heaven is to live on an extremely boring Earth.
In Romans 8, St. Paul develops the contrast between present sufferings and future glory.
We live in an age of diminished faith, and of dead, eclipsed gods.
The Ascension is a real departure and a real exaltation into the heavens. At the same time, we are sure that his body is present with us in mysteries and sacraments: in Eucharist and Baptism, in the gathered church, in particular saints.