How to Get to Heaven

I was testing the children in  my Sunday School class 
to see if they understood the concept of  getting to Heaven:
namely a gift to be accepted, not a prize to be earned. 

I asked them, 
‘If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and 
gave all my money to  the church, would that get me into Heaven?’

‘NO!’ the children answered.

‘If I cleaned the church every day, mowed  the yard, and 
kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into Heaven?’

Again, the answer was, ‘NO!’

By now I was starting to smile.  Hey, this was fun!
I asked them again.
‘Well, then, if I was kind to animals, to all the children, 
and loved myhusband, would  that get me into Heaven?’

Again, they all answered, ‘NO!’

I was just bursting with pride for them.
‘Well,’ I continued, ‘then how can I get into Heaven?’

A five-year-old boy shouted out,
‘You gotta move to West Virginia!’

[Thank you Sandra M. for passing this on to me.]

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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3 Responses to How to Get to Heaven

  1. Maxim says:

    I got to get myself to West Virginia straight away!

  2. Gail Bays says:

    Fr. Paul this was a good one. I was reading this so seriously then the end came and I laughed so hard. I really needed that laugh. Thanks!!!

  3. Vesita Lowman says:

    Love This…Out of the mouths of babe

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