Saint Adam and Saint Eve (First Age of the world)

As we have said elsewhere, Adam and Eve are not called saints in ordinary reference, historical or scriptural. But they may be called saints on their feast day, which is the vigil of Christmas, because we know from sound Catholic tradition that they repented of their great sin, lived lives of holiness and are now in Heaven. Adam is the father of the human race. Eve, his wife, was formed from Adam’s body. All of us have descended from these two. Adam was created in a state of paradisal innocence, with no human frailties or weaknesses. Adam sinned by disobeying the command of God not to eat a forbidden fruit. The whole human race inherited original sin because of Adam. Adam personally repented. Adam lived for 930 years. By his sorrow, his contrition, his pleading and his love, Adam finally won God’s full forgiveness for himself. Adam died and went to the Limbo of the Just, which is called “hell” in the Apostles’ Creed. This was not the hell of the damned. It was the place where the Just had to wait for the coming of Christ. Adam ascended into Heaven in body and in soul with Our Lord on Ascension Thursday, forty days after Easter. Adam’s feast is the vigil of Christmas, which is also the feast of Eve, his wife, who is with him in Heaven.

William Bouguereau (1825-1905) Premier Deuil (The First Mourning, i.e., of Adam and Eve over Abel), Oil on canvas, 1888, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires

  • Tom Donnelly

    Adam is bodily in Heaven?

  • Oliver Wright

    That’s religion for ya.

  • Tina

    Not yet, Tom Donnelly….not until the resurrection of all human bodies. Currently, the *souls* of Adam and Eve are in Heaven.

  • Alphonso

    There are currently only two beings in Heaven with bodies: Jesus and His mother The Virgin Mary.

  • Russell LaPlume

    And also St. Joseph. There are many Saints and Doctors of the Church who insist that after Mary, Joseph holds the preeminent place in heaven, body and soul. St. Bernardine of Siena insists that since the Holy Family had been united on earth in a laborious life and in loving grace, so also their bodies reign together in heaven. St. Francis de Sales, in a sermon extolling the many virtues of St. Joseph, says, “St. Joseph is, therefore, in heaven in body and soul; of that there is no doubt.” There is Suarez, Gerson, and even St. Thomas Aquinas who assert this truth.
    St. Joseph, patron of the Universal Church, pray for us!

  • Thomas Donnelly

    My responders have missed the point of my query: the article says that “Adam ascended into Heaven in body and soul”. Hence my question.