At work a lady is in RCIA and last session she said they discussed heaven and the teacher said there were levels in heaven. I’ve never heard of this in Catholic ideology.
I am looking to get Catholic references for or against this position.
Thank you in advance.
I don’t know if the Church has an official position on this or not. It is doubtful since revelation is relatively vague on Heaven except that it a “place” where we get to spend eternity in communion and in the presence of God.
I have read conjecture from noted theologians who advocate that while people in Heaven will be there for eternity with God, there will be a distinction based on Love. This distinction is the greater we developed and showed our love for God on Earth, the greater we will be able to love God and experience His love in Heaven. For instance, while both St. Francis and a deathbed conversion result in both being in Heaven, St. Francis wil be able to better enjoy a greater experience of God’s Love.
The piece that I read did site some Scripture to support this theory. As I don’t recall even where I read it, I have no idea on how to get a site for this piece.
Personally, I think that this conjecture while interesting can be distracting of the real goal. As we say in the Act of Contrition, while sorry for our sins because we dread the loss of Heaven, most of all we are sorry because they offend God and diminish our Love for God. We are called to Love God and Love others not because of the eternal reward but because God is the source of all our gifts and we should be grateful and then submit and accept His final verdict as we know God is just and merciful.