When it comes to getting to heaven, scenic routes are stupid.
Don’t get me wrong, I love scenic routes but when the destination is a gazillion squared times better than the route, there’s no real need to dawdle. That’s how it is with heaven.
So here are five of the shortest ways to get to heaven, courtesy of five helpful saints.
“Obedience is not only the sum total of spiritual perfection, it is also the easiest, safest, surest, and quickest way of growing in holiness and gaining Heaven itself.”
– St John Bosco
Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to heaven. There are others: innocence, but that is for little children; penance, but we are afraid of it; generous endurance of trials of life, but when they come we weep and ask to be. The surest, easiest, shortest way is the Eucharist.”
– Pope St Pius X, Quotable Saints (2003) by Ronda Chervin, p. 79.
“I will look for some means of going to heaven by a little way which is very short and very straight, a little way that is quite new… It is your arms, Jesus, which are the lift to carry me to heaven, And so there is no need for me to grow up. In fact, just the opposite: I must stay little and become less and less.”
– St Therese of Lisieux
Faithfulness to the Holy Spirit
“God is very generous and does not deny His grace to anyone. Indeed He gives more than what we ask of Him. Faithfulness to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit – that is the shortest route [to holiness]”
– St Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul, 291.
Blessed Virgin Mary
“[The] Blessed Mother… is the safest, easiest, shortest and most perfect way of approaching Jesus”
– St Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, 56.
And a Bonus!
“Knowest thou the shortest way to arrive at Heaven? It is that of confidence in My merits and fidelity to grace.”
- Christ to Sister Benigna Consolata Ferrero (March 5th, 1905)
I’m not sure if I have a favourite among them. I also suspect they’re not totally mutually exclusive.
Just to be safe though, I’d suggest we be obedient to and confident in Christ, faithful to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit, in seeking to make ourselves little, that we might be carried by Our Blessed Mother to partake the Holy Eucharist, and thus get to heaven and union with the Holy Trinity ASAP.
Or you know, we could always have another toilet stop at the gift shop…