We have here a dream of St. Bosco that seems to tell of a natural side of Heaven.
Actually, what he was told by St. Dominic Savio in the dream was that what he was seeing was not Heaven. (I think what this means is that St. Bosco, since he was still mortal, could not behold the Beatific Vision but was seeing other wonders of Paradise.)
americaneedsfatima.org/heaven-the-hope-of-our-souls.html - link to St. Bosco’s vision.
Now this vision made me wonder (especially b/c of the commentary at the end). Is everything he is seeing - meadows, flowers, buildings - real things of Heaven? Material/natural?
Or is all of this only symbolic as the commentary at the end seems to suggest? (Though I do not think so. Please correct me if I am wrong about the commentary’s suggestion, as I do sometimes misread things with my ADD and all.)
One would think that God might make his abode a place of beauty, with flowers and trees and buildings more beautiful than anything on earth, since God loves beauty or the things of creation, and would perhaps give us this. Sure we don’t need it with the Beatific Vision, but that doesn’t preclude the idea of God giving us all this.
After reading the vision for yourselves, the part I really want you to focus on is the following.
"Summoning my courage, I replied, “I am shaking because I don’t know where I am.”
“You are in the abode of happiness,” Savio answered, “where one experiences every joy, every delight.”
“Is this the reward of the just?”
“Not at all! Here we do not enjoy supernatural happiness but only a natural one, though greatly magnified.”
“Might I be allowed to see a little supernatural light?”
“No one can see it until he has come to see God as He is. The faintest ray of that light would instantly strike one dead, because the human senses are not sturdy enough to endure it.”
What does it mean at the end when it says, “In this vision, through symbols, the saint was only shown natural aspects of heavenly happiness. He was not able to contemplate the essence of heavenly happiness, which is the beatific vision. Even the most beautiful material things are only symbols of spiritual things; and the pleasure they procure us cannot compare with spiritual pleasures” ?
In other words, what does St. Dominic mean when he says that they experience every joy and every delight here, if the ‘natural’ things being seen are only symbolic in the dream (Once again, I’m not sure I believe this interpretation.)
Are there any other saints you guys could point me to who have this kind of ‘natural’ vision of Heaven? (gardens and large homes and such things)