A major book on the subject of heaven, this expanded edition examines the hunger for heaven that is so strong in all of us. Fascinating and upbeat, Heaven, the Heart's Deepest Longing thoroughly explores the psychological and theological dimensions of this search for total joy and for the ultimate reality that grounds it.
Table of Contents:
Introduction: Our Guide on the Quest for Heaven: Our Society or Our Heart?
Our Society's Silence
The History of Hope
The Two Modern Idol-Kingdoms
The Deathly Consequences of the Death of God
The Heart as Teacher
The Beginning of the Quest: The Heart's Hunger for Heaven
The Question: What Do You Want?
The Nightingale in the Heart
Our Universal Unhappiness
The Time of the Quest: Time of Exile
Alienation: Our Greatest Blessing
Longing for Eden
Four Roads from Time to Eternity
Why Heaven Is Not Boring
The Place of the Quest: Each Haunted by Heaven
The Haunting in the Human Face
The Haunting in Romantic Love
The Haunting in Pictured, Stories, and Music
The Meaning of the Haunting: Reading the Signs
Heaven on Earth
Earth in Heaven
The End of the Quest: The Joy in Heaven
A Map of Joy
Some Divine Attributes of Joy
Joy Stops the Pendulum: Boredom vs. Frustration
Joy and Tears: Ek-stasis
All Reality is Ek-stasis
The Results of the Quest: What Difference Does Heaven Make to Monday Morning?
Is it True?
What Does Heaven Mean to Me?
The Hereness of Heaven
What Difference Does It Make?
Finding My Identity by Ecstasy
The Joy of Failure
Why Not Go Ahead and Sin Then?
Resentment and Performance Anxiety
To Care and Not to Care
Heavenly Humor: The Last Laugh
Appendix A: C. S. Lewis' Argument from Desire
Appendix B: The Weight of Glory and the Weightlessness of Glory: A Dialog between C. S. Lewis and the Mystics
Appendix C: The Man Who Found Heaven in the Bronx
Today I Made My First Reconciliation
Today I Was Baptized
A Catholic Teen's Guide to Tough Stuff
Why Do We Pray for the Souls in Purgatory? 10/30/2012
What is Hell and How Do I Get There? 08/19/2011
True or False: Our Lord Descended Into Hell 03/19/2010
Bless Me Father, for I Have Sinned 08/10/2009
All Souls Day 10/22/2007