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Question: Do lesser creatures, such as dogs and cats, go to Heaven when they pass on and die? Will I be reunited with a lost pet upon rising up to Heaven with Jesus in the future? Will they take the same form? Do pets have a soul? Thank you for your patience and answering these important questions.
Answer: There is much we do not know about heaven. Theologians have argued extensively about its dimensions. There is firm agreement that Jesus came to save humanity and that those who are united to him through faith and baptism will share in the glory of heaven and be resurrected bodily on the last day. Although it is not an explicit doctrine of our faith, there are hints that future glory extends beyond human beings. Paul speaks of a "new creation" (2 Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15) and when he describes what is to come says: "Creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God" (Rom 8:21). This seems to indicate that Christ's victory will extend to all that God has made. On this basis believers may hope that animals who have been a part of their lives may share in God's Kingdom.
Question: Can Father George's homily of Easter Sunday be put on the Internet? It has such a different tone for a holiday sermon but so intouch with the mood of the people. I would like to share this with my family and under the delicate circumstances wouldn't want to misrepresent the true meaning of this wonderful homily.
Answer: Each of the Sunday homilies are recorded, transcribed and uploaded to the St. Noel website. Recent homilies are available on the homepage; older homilies are archived for easy access. Click here for older homlies.
Question: Why is Easter in the Roman Church being celebrated approximately a month before Passover and Orthodox Easter? Shouldn't they be relatively close together based on the calendar?
Answer: The answer is somewhat complicated as some of the Orthodox Church follows the Julian Calendar, the Roman Church follows the Gregorian Calendar and the Jewish religion has followed a lunar calendar for centuries.
Sometimes the dates are near each other, but this is not always the case. A search on "Easter Dating Methods" will yield a good amount of information.
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