“…evil is removed, not by removing any nature, or part of a nature, which had been introduced by the evil, but by healing and correcting that which had been vitiated and depraved. The will, therefore, is truly free, when it is not the slaves of vices and sins.” ~ St. Augustine

“Man will rise again without any defect of human nature, because as God founded human nature without a defect, even so will He restore it without defect. Now human nature has a twofold defect. First, because it has not yet attained to its ultimate perfection. Secondly, because it has already gone back from its ultimate perfection.” ~ St. Thomas Aquinas

“As deformed by sin, the shape of this world will pass away; but we are taught that God is preparing a new dwelling place and a new earth where justice will abide, and whose blessedness will answer and surpass all the longings for peace which spring up in the human heart. This is the goal toward which the Church projects itself: it is the ‘new Jerusalem,’ ‘Paradise.’ More than a place, it is a ‘state of being’ in which our deepest expectations will be fulfilled in abundance and our being as creatures and as children of God, will reach full maturity. We will finally be covered with the joy, peace and love of God in a complete way, without any limitations…” ~ Pope Francis

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away.” (Rev 21:4) No story of a gay man or woman “coming-out” or succumbing to the homosexual orientation is complete without heart wrenching recollections of great sorrow and inner struggle; for example, Country Music artist Ty Herndon recently said of his childhood: “I was 10, sitting in church and horrified that I might be a homosexual.” In 2013, actor Wentworth Miller revealed: “The first time I tried to kill myself I was 15. I waited until my family went away for the family and I was alone in the house and I swallowed a bottle of pills. I don’t remember what happened over the next couple of days but I’m pretty sure come Monday morning I was on the bus back to school pretending everything was fine.” In fact, studies have continually found high rates of psychiatric consultation (48%) and attempted suicide (31%) among teenage gay males.* Who would want to take all this pain and suffering into the afterlife? For in Christ, as St. Augustine put it – we will “be restored by Him,” restored to an earlier “state of being:” one of perfection and purification. Therefore, if we all long for a sort of bliss in eternity, why do we settle for less while here on Earth? Yet, we still cling to the material, the transitory, and the putrid: the CDC reports that rates of HIV infection among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are more than 44 times higher than rates among heterosexual men and more than 40 times higher than women. Rates of syphilis are reported to be more than 46 times higher among gay men and other MSM than among heterosexual men and more than 71 times higher than among women. What drives this dirge towards death? Gay men resoundingly say that a desire for “intimacy” is what led them to put their lives at risk. Only, tragically, the greatest intimacy that Man can experience is awaiting them: as “God calls us all to this intimate union with him…” It’s not immediate, and the gratification not as casually accessed as sex, but unlike physical encounters, intimacy with Christ is never ending. And, this “Spiritual progress tends toward ever more intimate union with Christ.” (CCC #2014) So, in heaven, we will be finally free from all those old wounds, that we restlessly attempt to heal, by our own means – and by following the directives of this world; our desires for understanding through sex will be gone; because, we will no longer have those hurt longings – all will be fulfilled in Christ; as “Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness.” (CCC #1024)

* https://www.yapmn.com/pubs/Adolescenthomosexuality1987.pdf