If you want to know what a place is like, the best thing is to ask someone who has been there. In the Epistle of today, St. Paul tells us that by special grace of God he was carried up into heaven. If St. Paul went there, there must be such a place.
Marco Polo was an explorer who lived in the thirteenth century. Marco spent most of his life traveling in the East. He traveled through Asia, India, Persia, Japan, and
China. He was the first white man ever to go to these countries. After many years he came home to Venice and wrote a book about all the wonders he had seen. He wrote about the riches of the East, about fabulous jewels, about strange weapons of war, about animals never heard of before, about lofty mountains and rare fruits. He wrote about so many wonderful things that many people did not believe him. When he was dying they came to him and asked him to say that the things he had written were not true. All he said to them was, “I have not told the half of what I saw.”
That was just about what St. Paul said. He had heard secret words that man may not repeat. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for those that love Him.”
“Eye hath not seen.” You have seen many beautiful sights. You have seen gorgeous sunsets, the crystals in a snowflake, red roses. You have seen your mother laughing happily. You have seen a good report card. The sights of heaven are far beyond anything you have ever seen.
“Ear hath not heard.” You have heard many sweet sounds, the song of birds in the springtime, stately organ music, the voice of the radio crooner who “sends” you. You have heard a mother singing a lullaby. You have been praised for your good actions. The sounds of heaven are far beyond all these.
“Nor hath it entered into the heart of man.” You can imagine all kinds of things - mountains of ice cream, learning without having to study, a school that you do not have to go to, a swimming pool full of lemonade. After you have imagined all these things you have not even begun to understand the things that God has waiting for you. And all of these things are enjoyed under the smile of God, the gentle hand of Christ, and the loving eye of Mary. Truly, “eye hath not seen nor ear heard, nor hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God has prepared for those who love Him.”
~ “Heirs of the Kingdom,” Imprimatur 1949 ~