Ask a Franciscan: What Will the October 2023 Synod Discuss?
Pope Francis has called for a synod to be held in Rome, starting in October 2023 with another session in October 2024.
Can We Sing the Our Father?
Why can’t we sing the Our Father at Mass? When I asked our parish organist, the response was that our parish was told not to do this.
Will My Husband Know Me in Heaven?
I believe and hope to be with my loved ones someday in heaven. Will my husband, who died almost two years ago, know me and still love me? How will he look? If I have hurt anyone in my lifetime, will he or she have forgiven me by then? My husband was a good Catholic. I hope he is in heaven, but where is it? This is all on faith. What if it isn’t the way we thought it would be?
Questions about Heaven
Where is heaven? Will my husband who died two years ago know me and still love me? If we have hurt people, will they have forgiven us by the time we get to heaven? What if there’s nothing beyond a person’s casket and grave?
Heaven is more a state of being than a place such as Boston, St. Louis, Phoenix, or Los AngelesÑa place that you can find on a map. Christians understand heaven as being with God for all eternity.