Where To From Here?: The Christian Vision of Life after Death

Where To From Here?: The Christian Vision of Life after Death

by Brian Grogan, SJ

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BN ID: 2940014967280
Publisher: New City Press NY
Publication date: 07/18/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 187
Sales rank: 963,326
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dr Brian Grogan, SJ is the superior of a Dublin Jesuit community and Director of Sacred Space (www.sacredspace.ie), a website presented in 20 languages which enables 17,000 daily visitors to pray online. Fr Grogan is former President of Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy in Dublin and is Emeritus Associate Professor of Spirituality. He works and writes on Ignatian Spirituality and is co-author of many books, including: Reflective Living, Love Beyond All Telling, and Meetings Matter. He is author of Finding God in All Things, Our Graced Life-Stories, and the best-selling To Grow in Love: A Spirituality of Ageing. He has also written numerous articles for The Irish Messenger and The Way

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CarolBlank More than 1 year ago
Where To From Here, by Brian Grogan, SJ, opens with a discussion of “eschatology,” a term unfamiliar to many. As would be expected from an emeritus associate professor of spirituality, Grogan provides a foundation, explaining that eschatology is a branch of theology dealing with God’s intentions for us and for our world. He presents several key ideas in recent thinking on eschatology, among them: • Divine-human relationships are the core of Christian belief. • While living in the earthly world, we are citizens of the eternal. • Our resurrection is understood as the rising of the total person to live with God. • Human concepts of time and space distort our understanding of the future life. Grogan’s treatment of time-space categories is a good example of a distinction between childhood and adult spirituality. At a children’s Mass on All Saint’s Day our pastor talked about going “up to heaven.” Grogan writes that there is no celestial elevator to heaven (and hell). Heaven is the ultimate fulfillment of relationships, “and hell the failure of relationship with God and others.” As for time, we aren’t confined to purgatory “for a time,” he adds, and eternity is not just an extension of time. While the concepts may be new to some Catholic Christians, Where To From Here is firmly grounded in scripture and tradition, with references to papal statements, Vatican II documents, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Grogan does not overwhelm with academic language, and when it does come up, he offers straightforward explanations. In addition, each chapter closes with a list of summary points and questions for reflection. Though it didn’t feel like “studying,” my experience with this book was more than reading. I wanted to pause every so often to let the ideas take root. During those periods I noticed slight shifts in my spiritual outlook. For example, though I couldn’t identify a specific connection to the book, my prayer took on a new dimension. In addition to asking God to intervene in the lives of others, I prayed for the grace to offer them a loving relationship, whatever else happened.