City of Heaven
Heaven is described in the Bible as a Place, as a City:
"the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, the New
Jerusalem" (Heb.12:22, Rev.21:1-2, 10, Is.66:1-22).
Here is the bible’s description:
1- It is a gigantic, enormous city:
"I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven
from God... The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold
to measure the city, its gates and its walls. The city was laid out
like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the
rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high
as it is long." (Rev.21:2, 15-17)
12,000 stadia are about 1,400 miles, 2,2000 kilometers... The length
of the whole world known at that time!... and the same length in high!...
and it is not plane, but tri-dimensional... going up another 1,400
2- The Walls:
"He measured its wall and it was 144 cubits thick, by man's measurement,
which the angel was using. The wall was made of jasper, and the city
of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls
were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation
was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth
emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite,
the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh
jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst" (Rev.21:17-20)
3- Twelve Gates:
"It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve
angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve
tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the
north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city
had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles
of the Lamb... The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made
of a single pearl" (Rev.21:12-14, 21)
The 12 gates are the symbol of the 12 tribes of Israel, and the 12
apostles... it is a universal City, with people coming from the north,
south, east and west...
4- The City itself is gorgeous:
"And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and
high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven
from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like
that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal...
The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass"
5- The Lamb is its light... the splendor... the judge:
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the
glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations
will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their
splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there
will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be
brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone
who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names
are written in the Lamb's book of life." (Rev.21:23-27)
6- It is eternal:
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear
as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the
middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river
stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its
fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing
of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God
and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.
They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There
will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the
light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they
will reign for ever and ever." (Rev.22:1-5).
The Tree of Life, beside the River of Water of Life, first pictured
in Eden (Gen.2:9-10)... Paradise restored!... Fullness of life flows
from the the Father through the son, the Lamb, by the power of the
spirit... later in Ezequiel 47:1-12, appears in his vision of Healing
Waters... every desire is met in the kind of fruit available
7- This is how John saw Heaven through
an open door: In Rev.4:
1. After this I looked, and there before me was a
door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking
to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here, and I will show you
what must take place after this."
2. At once I was in the Spirit, and there before
me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.
3. And the one who sat there had the appearance of
jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled
4. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones,
and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white
and had crowns of gold on their heads.
5. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and
peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These
are the seven spirits of God.
6. Also before the throne there was what looked like
a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne,
were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front
and in back
7. The first living creature was like a lion, the
second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth
was like a flying eagle.
8. Each of the four living creatures had six wings
and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and
night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God
Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."
9. Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks
to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever,
10. the twenty-four elders fall down before him who
sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They
lay their crowns before the throne and say:
11. "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive
glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your
will they were created and have their being."
OF THE SAINTS
BLESSED JUNIPERO SERRA
Blessed Junipero Serra was born in Petra, Spain, on November 24, 1713. The boy became a student at the Franciscan school in Palma
St. Otto lived in the twelfth century. He was born in Swabia, present-day Bavaria.
St. Thomas was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. His name in the Syriac language means "twin."
ST. ELIZABETH OF PORTUGAL
St. Elizabeth, a Spanish princess, was born in 1271. She married King Denis of Portugal at the age of twelve.
ST. ANTHONY MARY ZACCARIA
St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria was born in Italy in 1502. While he was still young, his father died.
ST. MARIA GORETTI
St. Maria Goretti was born in 1890. Her father died when she and the other five children in her family were small. At twelve, Maria was already very pretty.
BLESSED ROGER DICKENSON, BLESSED RALPH MILNER AND BLESSED LAWRENCE HUMPHREY
These three martyrs lived in England during the time of Church persecution by Queen Elizabeth I.
BLESSED EUGENE III
Blessed Eugene III was born near Pisa, Italy, in the twelfth century. He was baptized Peter.
ST. FELICITY AND HER SEVEN SONS.
St. Felicity was a noble Christian woman of Rome. She lived during the second century.
St. Benedict was born in 480. He was from a rich Italian family. His life was full of adventure and wonderful deeds.
ST. JOHN GAULBERT
St. John Gaulbert was born in Florence, Italy, at the end of the tenth century. He and his father were devastated when John's only brother, Hugh, was murdered.
ST. HENRY II.
St. Henry II was born in 972. He became the duke of Bavaria in 995. One night he had an unusual vision. St. Wolfgang, who had been his beloved teacher when he was a boy, appeared to him.
BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was born in Auriesville, New York, in 1656. Her mother was a Christian Algonquin. Her father was a non-Christian Mohawk chief.
St. was born in 1221 in Tuscany, Italy, and was baptized John.
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title "Commemoratio B. Marif Virg.
ST. LEO IV.
St. Leo IV lived in the ninth century. He was a Roman by birth and spent his life in that city. Leo was educated in the Benedictine monastery near St. Peter's Basilica.
St. Frederick lived in ninth-century Utrecht, in the central part of the Netherlands. When he was ordained a priest, Bishop Ricfried put him in charge of instructing converts.
St. Macrina was the first child of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia.
St. Charbel was born to a poor Maronite Family on May 8, 1828 in a mountain village of Biqa-Kafra, Lebanon.
ST. LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI.
St. Lawrence was born Caesar Rossi in Brindisi, Italy, in 1559. Brindisi was part of the Kingdom of Naples, Italy.
ST. MARY MAGDALENE.
St. Mary Magdalene was from Magdala near the Sea of Galilee. Some people identify her as a well-known sinner when she first saw Our Lord.
ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN.
St. Bridget was born in Sweden in 1303. From the time she was a child, she was greatly devoted to the passion of Jesus.
ST. BORIS AND ST. GLEB
St. Boris and St. Gleb, the brothers, were born toward the end of the tenth century.
ST. JAMES THE GREATER
St. James was a fisherman like his father Zebedee and his brother John.
ST. JOACHIM AND ST. ANNE
St. Anne and St. Joachim are the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
St. Pantaleon came from Nicomedia, near the Black Sea, in Asia. He lived in the fourth century.
St. Martha was the sister of Mary and Lazarus.
ST. PETER CHRYSOLOGUS
St. Peter Chrysologus was born in the small town of Imola, Italy.
ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
St. Ignatius, the famous founder of the Jesuits, was born in 1491.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?