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Habits in heaven

15 July 2016


Your answers


What, if any, are the biblical teach­ings and the teachings of the Church on the question whether we will eat, drink, and sleep in heaven — three activities I am particularly fond of on earth?


I, too, enjoy eating, drinking, and sleeping, but have reached the stage where a new place needs good lavatories. I don’t expect to see doors labelled men, women, and angels in heaven As my physical body wears out, I look forward to having a new spiritual one (2 Corinthians 5.1ff, 1 Corinthians 15.44).

The heavenly banquet is a symbol of good fellowship (Matthew 8.11). Our food will be doing God’s work (John 4.34). The jingle of Mr Whippy will be eclipsed by the alleluia chorus. In heaven, there will be perpetual light (Revelation 21.25ff). Our spiritual bodies will not need sleep.

(Canon) John Goodchild



Your questions

I note that many advertisements for vacancies requre a “minister”, whereas it is almost certain that they do not want a lay minister or a deacon, but a priest. Are these attempts to undermine the Catholic orders of the Church?

G. S.


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