There was never a sermon quite like that given on August 2, 1216.  St. Francis mounted a makeshift pulpit set up before the tiny chapel of St. Mary of the Angels outside of Assisi to announce to the assembled crowd the granting of the famed Porziuncula Indulgence.  The enthusiasm in his voice matched the fire in his heart as the Little Poor Man began by proclaiming:

I want to send you all to HEAVEN!

 

 

         

Look to Heaven
Everyone longs for happiness – and St. Francis knew where it could be found for all eternity.  HEAVEN: the perfect life with the Most Holy Trinity this communion of life and love with the Trinity, with the Virgin Mary, the angels and all the blessed… the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness.
Catechism #1024

         

HEAVEN was always on Francis’ mind.  Not just the starry firmament, but that HEAVEN which by His death and Resurrection Christ has opened to us. #1026   To live in HEAVEN is to be with Christ. #1025  And where Christ is, there is joy and light, peace and grace.  The life of the blessed consists in the full and perfect possession of the fruits of the Redemption accomplished by Christ. 
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Look to HEAVEN which beckons us on, wrote St. Clare to one of her spiritual daughters.  Like St. Francis, like St. Paul, the Seraphic Mother knew that the sufferings of this life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us, in HEAVEN, in God’s own place where we shall rest and see, we shall see and love, we shall love and praise for all eternity.  
St. Augustine, quoted in Catechism #1720

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