Will a person who is mentally challenged or mentally ill remain like that in Heaven?
I would imagine not. Just like an amputee will be healed in Heaven, I’d imagine that someone who is mentally challenged will have their full intellect restored.
Whoever finished the Summa for St. Thomas opined that “Therefore all will not rise again of the same quantity but each one will rise again of that quantity which would have been his at the end of his growth if nature had not erred or failed: and the Divine power will subtract or supply what was excessive or lacking in man.” (Supp. III 81.2). So if the cause of the mental challenge is some defect in the body, then that would not remain after the resurrection.
NOPE all of the physical infirmities that were bound to our bodies here will be gone because we won’t have our physical bodies any longer. Whatever bodies we will have will be different and better with nothing negative about them at all. What a wonderful thing to imagine.
Sorry let me clarify, we will have different better versions of our own bodies.
St. Paul suggests in 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 that our minds will be improved. In this passage, he wrote about knowing and seeing, but I would generalize these to include perception, cognition, and memory, and then we might as well include emotions, relationships, etc.
I’d guess “no” with the illness, but as for mentally challenged, for all I know that describes my current state in comparison with how we’ll be in heaven (God willingly).
I don’t believe that this idea is compatible with Catholic teaching. We will have physical bodies, and they will be our bodies.
I agree with your conclusion, however.
There’s also the train of thought that says our wounds will be redeemed and glorified, as is the case with Christ.
Glorified wounds is hard to comprehend, as it should be.
Sorry let me clarify, we will have different versions of our own bodies.
And not to be funny, but some people are a little too smart for their own good.
No. We will be healed of all illness, all deficiencies. We will be made perfect.
For all I know, compared to people in heaven even an Einstein or Aquinas would seem mentally challenged. Perhaps the change for “normal people” won’t be much less than the change for the challenged.
Certainly not in Heaven. Some will shine brighter than most of us, having been purer/more innocent in soul!
Father Vincent Serpa states:
The Church teaches that at the resurrection the bodies of the just will be re-modeled and transfigured to the pattern of the risen Christ. Like his body, our resurrected bodies will be those of a person in his prime.
That’s like asking if handicapped people will be handicapped in heaven.
The blind will see. The deaf will hear. The mute will speak. The lame will leap. All defects will be done away with.
No way… Jesus Cures… .
Plus Heaven shall only have Purity - Saints…
God’s ways are not our ways. I don’t know the details of how and where the mentally challenged and mentally ill are in Heaven, but those who live in this life the holiness that God calls them to are those who are the most wise.
Exactly. Like St Margaret of Città di Castello, who was disabled.
Another way to look at it, that just occurred to me:
Maybe mental abilities, or the relative lack thereof, simply won’t be that important in heaven. I have known mentally challenged people whose ability to love, or to love God in particular, wasn’t affected in the least. So maybe they will stay the way they were in this life, and it won’t make any difference. As I always tell my son in homeschool religion class, 50 trillion years from now, it’s really not going to matter whether he knows how to do long division, or knows the history of the Roman Empire, but it most certainly will matter whether he knows the message of the Gospel and converts his mind and heart accordingly. Ultimately that is a very simple message, not outside the reach of the mentally challenged.
This would, of course, not apply to the very worst-disabled people, who lack even that much cognition. It’s really useless to speculate, though — even someone who, God forbid, is born without a brain, no intellect whatsoever, in a coma for life, gives great glory to God by the mere fact that they exist and are made in His image and likeness. And as long as they are baptized, there is no question as to their salvation. (I would like to think that even lack of baptism wouldn’t matter, but I can’t prove that.)