We live forever. Even those who are “believers”— including devout ones—sometimes have trouble realizing it. We can pray and attend Mass or Adoration and say the Rosary and visit places like Fatima or Israel and still harbor doubts about the afterlife.
This is a test of life, a suffering. While we’re here, on earth, we wear “blinders.” There is a limit—what I call a “cap”—on our perception, our intellect, and our understanding. Often, little makes sense. There are “disconnects” (breaks or knots) in our lives. It’s like looking at a work of tapestry from the bottom: we get only a general idea of what’s atop, on the other side, what the final work will look like; we see just threads that seem to go nowhere. It can even be unsightly—as life so often is! When we view it from the other side, however—from above (where we see the finished product)—everything will be connected into a design of unblemished beauty.
It will all make sense.
With surprise, we will think or exclaim:
“Now I see. Oh, if only I’d known. That’s incredible.
That’s wonderful. I had no clue!”
“I should have known,” you may murmur—or shout.
We will begin to see that God is perfect and that He wasted not a moment—a split second—of our lives on earth. Everything counts. Everything’s connected. He’s not a God Who winds up clocks and then lets them go off on their own.
He knows the minutes of our lives, every second. He is involved with every “tick” of the clock. He certainly knows when our time runs out! Sometimes, He sets an alarm for us.
He pushes us through events (back onto the right track).
Mostly, He whispers to the intuition through His angels and Holy Spirit and here is another surprise:
When we die, we will meet our guardians. With eyes wide open we will see the presences we have felt around us through our lives. They will seem older and closer than dearest friends. They are older and more dear than any friend. We will be surprised when we see them and yet it will also be like a reunion. They will look exactly as we should have expected them to look. We’ll learn they were far more important than we thought. We will be astounded— awed—at how many times they orchestrated events—had
designed our meeting people who became important to us (such as a spouse), had inspired us, had kept us from danger, had stood by in special numbers at crucial moments such as the birth of a child or during Holy Mass. We will in many cases find out that there was more than one.
When we “pass,” we’ll see that there were more spirits, in most cases, in most places, on earth—demons, disembodied souls, purgatorial spirits, angels, saints, the Blessed Mother, the Lord Himself— than beings of flesh and blood.
We’ll see that we are immersed in a spiritual dynamic that most people (due to skepticism) rarely glimpse. We will see angels clothed in what seem like tiny sparkling lights that are ephemeral and yet somehow more real than what is physical; woven threads of light.
This is the supernatural reality.
[resources: What You Take To Heaven]