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The Catholic Defender: The 15 Promises Our Lady gave for the Rosary. The Tenth Promise

10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven. That is an interesting promise! Are there different degrees in Heaven. St. Paul seems to believe so, 2 Corinthians 12:2 states, "I must boast; not that it is profitable, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know someone in Christ who, fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows), was caught up to the third heaven. And I know that this person (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up into Paradise and heard ineffable things, which no one may utter." Clearly, St. Paul is referring to "the third heaven" he called "Paradise".

This third heaven would be the same place where the Altar of the Lord is (Revelation 8:3-4). Imagine the Glory of the Lord is made manifest to all the Saints as they sing His praise with all the Angels. This is what makes the Mass so important as Jesus established the New and everlasting Covenant to be a participant in this Heavenly Worship.

St. Paul could find know words to express the majesty of his vision.

Considering the resurrection of the body, 1 Corinthians 15:40-42 states, "There are both heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the brightness of the heavenly is one kind and that of the earthly another. The brightness of the sun is one kind, the brightness of the moon another, and the brightness of the stars another. For star differs from star in brightness. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible. Our bodies will be raised glorified and we will share for eternity the glory of Heaven. We speak of Paradise as the Heavenly realm, but in God's eyes of Justice, those who lived a life worthy of Heaven all falls under God's Judgement.

Jesus gave the parable of the workers in the vineyard. Those who began the day received the same pay as those who began work later in the day. Some felt that was unfair to those out there all day. But the owner made that decision to pay everyone equally as that was his right Matthew 20:1-15). Well, in regards to Heaven, the first shall be last and the last shall be first. Some will spend their time in Purgatory while others will go strait to Heaven. All God's judgement (Matthew 20:16).

St. Irenaeus was familiar with the Old Testament Jewish tradition of seven levels of Heaven and he expresses this in his writing, "Demonstration of Apostolic Preaching 9;cf and Against Heresies 1.5.2". Regardless of how many levels we can see from Revelation, for all of us the great gift is eternal life in Heaven. Matthew 6:19-21 states, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be"

The Tenth Promise coming from Our Lady simply suggests that devotion to the Rosary will "merit a high degree in Heaven". I believe it is safe to say this would be around the throne of God where the Heavenly Altar of Worship takes place. Compared to our human existence on earth in this age, Heaven will be infinitely greater. Praise the Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless Glory.

Matthew 16:27 states, "For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay everyone according to his conduct."

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.


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