Where is heaven? This was a question that a theology teacher recently posed to the sisters in formation here at St. Scholastica Priory. An interesting question, indeed!
As the solemnity of the Ascension approaches, many of us have our gazes “heavenward”, thinking about “the things above” (Col 3:2), just as the apostles gazed at the sky on that dramatic day of our Lord’s return to the Father. This Scripture does give us a little clue about our relationship to heaven—Jesus floated not just away or out of sight, but upward! Truly, the realm of God is quite above and beyond us.
Whether we believe that heaven is another place, a different dimension, or simply “within us” (Lk 17:21), we can be sure of one thing: it is beyond our ability to access without the grace and aid of God. It is his own abode, and wherever it may be we can be sure that it is where God undoubtedly is, without shadow or restraint or any taint of evil. May he in his great mercy bring us all to that blessed place!