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Will We See Our Family in Heaven?

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

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11 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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