Will We See Our Family in Heaven?

By February 16, 2017 Q&A

Full Question

Does the Catholic Church believe that Catholics will be reunited with family members when they die and go to heaven?

Answer

The prayers of the Rites of Christian Burial often refer to awaiting the day we are reunited with the deceased through Jesus Christ.  As the Final Commendation prayers say: “May we comfort one another with our faith, until we all meet in Christ and are with you and (name) forever.  Through Christ our Lord.”
In the story of Abraham, Lazarus, and the Rich Man (Luke 16) all were able to recognize each other.  Moses and Elijah were recognized by the disciples (Matthew 17).  And, of course, the disciples were able to recognize Jesus after the Resurrection.
We also implore the Saints to pray for us so clearly tradition teaches that those in heaven know who we are.
So it does appear that we will be able to remember and recognize each other in heaven.  However, we will not be exactly the same as we were in this world since we will be purified from all sin and will be consumed with the presence of the Beatific Vision.


By Fr. Charles Grondin

5 Comments

  • Aaron says:

    Well, don’t you think that you’re one sided? It’s understandable that you don’t believe. Though it’s not ok for you to talk ill of what others believe.
    Why do people burn? It’s because of themselves. They can’t let go of their desire for things that don’t satisfy. What happens then? They’re not satisfied with just enough money. They want more and more. Even if poor people have to die because of their greed on some other part of the world. And you’re saying that a person who lives like that doesn’t deserve hell? You’re saying God is much worst than what He created?
    What God created was good. What man did was murder, steal, oppress, rape and so forth. God gave life and everything good. Man made weapons to kill and conquer. Take a look at the greedy western medicine world. The world is a world of the few with the many to suffer a hell created by the people of the world. And it is preferable to call on God’s name than to beg a back stabbing sob for help.
    The most ungrateful and arrogant species in the world is the human race. Take a look around and understand that man creates his own heaven and hell on earth.
    A man can have everything in this world. All the money, wealth, women and what not? But if he can’t find peace, then that is his hell. A beggar can have nothing. But he is more peaceful than the man who has everything. Because he is not burdened with things he’d lose. So he is in heaven.
    God is nothing but good. People who worship God respect other people and whatever it is they believe. If you’re so biased with someone just for what he or she believes in, your animosity isn’t well placed towards those particular people and is meaningless and futile.
    Rather run off and go blame the governments that do an excellent job of keeping the rich richer and the poor poorer.

  • Aamir Akbar says:

    I am Catholic and Baptised in early age now I am 40 years old when I was 38 a new missionary (he is against Catholicism ) visit my house and Baptised me according to his mission and church which I don’t liked please advise me now i should take new Catholic Baptised or not please satisfied me I am worried

  • Yahweh does NOT send anyone to Heaven, or to Hell. Souls in Heaven are not nound by time restraints and measurement, nor are they bound to Earthly interests, like golf.
    The fact that God allows suffering on Earth has no bearing upon total spiritual existence in eternity. I would hate to eat baking soda, flour, raw eggs, etc. However, I love cake. When life on Earth is over, then and only then, will we hopefully be entitled to the wisdom needed to understand the ingredients needed by humankind to understand eternal peace and joy in heaven.

  • Jihan perez says:

    For all God created has been good. We cannot blame God after he is giving us the free choice: to obey or disobey him. Like the angels we have our free choice to love God or hate God. In the end those who choose God from self is entitled of heaven.

  • MarMay says:

    Catholics believe in only ONE baptism, the first one. You do not have to be baptized again. Just go to a priest and tell him so you can continue in your original faith practices. God bless you!

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