For those school in the catehetics of coloring way back in the 1970's, '80's and even the 90's, more than likely cannot name the "Four Last Things."
They were schooled in the happy face, happy-go-lucky Jesus who would never judge them or send them to hell. Even death had a happy face for these "Easter" people for it was the way to instant sainthood. To heck with black vestments and requiem Masses, we celebrate and with great joy "Resurrection" Masses and wear white and are happy and joyful. We even sing at "Resurrection" Masses, "Joyful, joyful..." and "Alleluia!" No one wants to feel bad at a funeral since instant sainthood through the Resurrection Mass's canonization is all about happy face Catholicism!
I've read on some "catholic" blogs that if only the bishops would do this, or that and stop being an "all male, men's club" protecting their interests and forcing their authority on the rest of mankind, oops, I mean, peoplekind, that the world would be this smiley face, happy-go-lucky place that Vatican II ushered in until those godawful pre-Vatican II sad faced men wrestled back control of the church from the happy face theologians.
These happy faced theologians go so far as to insinuate or outright declare that the sex abuse scandal in the Church is all about the male hierarchy and thus exclusive to them. They even say that the method that has given us the corrected English translation of Mass is a part of a "monarchical" form of Catholicism that enables sex abuse and abuse of God's people! It must be toppled through grass roots movements similar to those who toppled the governments in Muslim nations. Such nonsense.
Of course they are dead wrong in their evaluations and "spirit" of Vatican II corrupted thinking. There is a woman Episcopal bishop in a very high place who is being questioned about something in her Church that she approved that sounds awfully male dominated to me!
Of course these happy face theologians fail to call on the carpet academic institutions that do the very same thing. In fact I would say that today, academics enjoy the privileges of being academics in a "clerical" way that makes the "clericalism" of priesthood look like small potatoes. And just to name one, can you spell "Penn State?"
Can you spell "public schools?" Can you spell the "nuclear family?" Can you spell "scouting?" Can you spell any institution where children are involved? Evidently, these smiley face catholic "theologians" must have been coloring through spelling!
So let's have a healthy dose of DEATH, JUDGEMENT, HEAVEN AND HELL!
Death is in the here and now and all of us will experience it, some happily so, others in the most grisly way possible! Macon, Georgia learned that this summer. Death is here and now.
Judgement is here and now too. Each time we go to confession, we are judged and called to die to sin and live for Christ. Christ judges us, our sincerity in repentance, offers us a punishment (penance) (since purgatory is here and now too) and then forgives and reconciles us to Himself and His Church, which is like heaven on earth when this happens sacramentally.
But also think about the Last Judgement for traces of it are being experienced on a more cosmic level also in the here and now. The sex abuse scandal in the Church, at Penn State, in public schools, scouting and yes in the nuclear family is being exposed in a way that would have be unthinkable even 40 years ago.
Isn't the Last Judgement meant to do the same thing, every thing will be exposed and all secrets revealed as well as all good deeds and not only will individuals be judged, but the world as a whole will be judged and all her institutions? It won't be a pretty picture either. Those who have done evil and have been unrepentant will go to hell forever with their resurrected bodies and those who have done good and repented in Christ will go to heaven with their resurrected bodies. You know what? That scares the hell out of me! I wonder how many "happy face" Catholics who were taught coloring book Catholicism know this? How do they make sense out the horrible scandals of sex abuse in the Church and elsewhere and its public exposure in the media?
Heaven of course begins in the here and now too. When God initiates us into His Church through Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion. When God heals us in the Sacraments of Penance and Anointing of the Sick, when God shows us His spousal relationship with us in the Church, with us as the Bride of Christ and a part of His Glorified Body and He has our Bridegroom and Head. And heaven is on earth through the ministry of those men who receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders and continue the "ministry of Jesus Christ" in sacramental ways, especially at Holy Mass as the eternal event of the Sacrifice of the Cross that is re-presented in an unbloody way at every Mass and where Christ is truly and substantially present in the sacramental Food of Bread and Wine whereby when we receive Him worthily, He does not become a part of us, but He continues to make us a part of Him through His Body the Church which is also the His bride.
Heaven is on earth when we know God's unconditional love for us and His sanctifying grace through Holy Baptism and actual grace through other means enables us to love God in return with our entire being and our neighbor as ourselves.
Hell is in the here and now too, when we refuse God's gift of unconditional love, do not participate in the gift of grace given us nor make any attempt to unwrap it in our lives and we live in the opposite manner that Jesus teaches as revealed by the Magisterium of the the living Church, Sacred Scripture and Tradition. Hell is chasing God out of our lives and living as though He does not exist and being perfectly content with that--that's hell and that begins in the here and now and looms as a very real possibility for those content enough with this for an eternity!
But make no mistake about it, if someone is in hell, God has made no mistake in allowing them to be there for an eternity. They truly deserve it beyond a shadow of a doubt. But the good thing is that those in heaven, even those harmed horribly by those in hell, will nonetheless be fully reconciled to them and love them as God loves them although those in hell deservedly spend an eternity in hell. Those in hell don't love anyone including God and love that just perfectly. They love hell perfectly and are pleasured by being there as they were pleasured by their mortal sins and lifestyle here and now. Think about it!
Folks, this isn't coloring book Catholicism, but it is the truth of Catholicism. Do we fear the harsh aspects of our faith and the looming possibilities? This is the truth of the Last Judgement, not in coloring book, happy face style, but in powerful mosaic: