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There is an oft-used cartoonist’s cliché to depict various celebrities and political figures ascending to Heaven when they die. Some celebrities it can always be argued, are worthier of such lofty praise than others. While it’s fine to offer one’s sincere hopes and wishes that certain individuals gain entrance to Heaven, for those of us who believe, and that the Lord has mercy on their souls, it should be understood that simply being steadfast in one’s beliefs or consistent in one’s actions on Earth, don’t necessarily guarantee entrance…particularly if those actions and beliefs run counter to the Commandments and teachings of Our Lord.
It’s certainly a sign of grace to pray for the soul of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the souls of anyone in hopes that they receive a fair hearing before their Judge in hopes of attaining eternal salvation and paradise… but it’s probably unwise to assume what the Lord may or may not do.
Everyone has the option of believing the ramblings of a wayward celebrity Catholic bishop (even Ben Shapiro), who by his own admission, is not that holy, who claims that Hell is an empty place. You also may believe or “imagine” like many of those singing the dubiously “profound” John Lennon song on the steps of the Supreme Court last night, that there isn’t a Heaven or Hell at all, which doesn’t give the late Supreme Court justice’s soul any options but obliteration. And everyone can also dismiss the warning of St. Padre Pio, a much more devout 20th Century Catholic priest than the aforementioned bishop, who routinely bled from the same wounds that Christ did during his Passion and upon the cross, who once said when asked about those who didn’t believe in Hell, “They’ll believe in Hell when they get there.”
I pray that Ruth Bader Ginsberg gets a fair hearing no matter what the verdict from a court that is more supreme than the one upon which she sat even as that probably wouldn’t make a compelling cartoon.Published in