I am aware that my earthly existence will end, but I can’t conceive of not thinking since it is so intrinsic to me. My capacity for truth, goodness and God give me the sense that I will live on beyond death. Science can’t answer any questions beyond death. But my capacity for answers point to a reality that there is beyond death and my transcendent capacities of an intellect with an infinite horizon, a will for the ultimate good and a heart for total friendship points beyond this life to a fulfilment that must exist beyond death. God must be able to give that fulfilment, as scripture says, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Cor 13:12) This ultimate experience the Catholic Church calls the beatific vision, where our intellect will see God, our will will be ultimately satisfied by God, we will know God and be fully known by God in the most intimate friendship and we will experience heavenly bliss, “The beatific vision, in which God opens himself in an inexhaustible way to the elect, will be the ever-flowing well-spring of happiness, peace, and mutual communion.” (CCC 1045) But we have jumped ahead of ourselves.

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