Heaven is a hard word to pin down. What it is or where it is…is a mystery. Perhaps the simplest way to define it is: heaven is the reality of God. Heaven touches earth whenever we catch a glimpse of God, whenever we encounter God in a truly real way. Heaven can be found in a tender touch, in a glass of water, a morsel of food given to a hungry person. Heaven is seen in an act of kindness, an act of compassion. Heaven is the reality of Love, self-emptying, self-sacrificing love. We should not strive to get to heaven; we should strive to be heaven. The 20th century Carmelite nun Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity said it best: “I have found my Heaven on earth, because Heaven is God and God is in my heart.”
Heaven is within all of us, and all of us can be in heaven if we enter our hearts, encounter and experience God and then become God’s ambassadors of love and peace.