A massive heart attack nearly took Dave Breidenbach’s life on April 27th, 2016. As he was rushed to the hospital, his heart stopped for several minutes. While EMTs desperately tried to save his life, Dave experienced what he believes to be heaven: a calm, warm and welcoming place. He relates that, in an instant, all the beliefs of his Christian faith were completely confirmed, leaving him with a certainty that “my faith will take you to Heaven.” A lifelong parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tiffin, Ohio, Dave wants to inspire all believers to hold onto their faith because “Heaven is worth it.”
What exactly is the faith that Dave saw confirmed during his near-death experience? Read the Creed here.
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As an introduction to Dave’s witness, Fr. Joseph Szybka, pastor of Tiffin St. Joseph Church, explains the theology behind his experience. Fr. Joe speaks of the belief in heaven, hell and purgatory, what each place is, and how souls arrive at each.
The theology and witness talks, given on November 20th 2016 and collectively known as “End-Time Beliefs and a Promise of Life,” are part of a speaker series hosted by the parish. Visit their website here.