This comforting collection of prayers, blessings, Franciscan wisdom, and heartwarming photos is the perfect gift for anyone who is grieving the loss of a beloved dog. Every page is filled with reassurance that we will see our animal friends in heaven.
The death of a beloved animal friend can be one of the most difficult events we face, often surprising us at the depth of the grief and emotion we feel.
It can be very comforting to know that the animals we love so much are safe with God, who created and loves them.
Throughout his many years as a Franciscan friar, Jack Wintz came to know—the Bible gives us many clues that we will be with our pets in heaven for eternity! St. Francis himself shared a close relationship with animals, preaching to the birds, releasing Brother Rabbit from a trip, or letting Sister Raven awaken him for early morning prayer. Franciscan spirituality tells us that all creatures form one family of creation, and God’s plan of salvation includes the whole created world.
This new, expanded edition of the original bestseller includes:
Wisdom from Friar Jack, in 14 short and simple readings
Blessings, prayers, and stories from Scripture
Special presentation page to personalize the gift
Adorable photos and short memories of beloved dogs
Sections of the book include:
Three Prayers of Blessing
The Happiness Principle
Noah, the Ark, and the Dove
Jonah and the Whale
The Song of St. Francis
Jesus and the World of Creation
Praying with Creatures
The Soul of a Dog
With it reassuring message of God’s eternal love and care for all creation, I Will See You in Heaven helps us to know that we are not alone in our grief, and that our “goodbye” is not forever.
Cover photo: Hollie Betzler (2001-2018), Michigan’s first grief therapy dog, served faithfully at her family’s funeral home and area nursing homes for 16 years, giving a comforting paw at just the right time to just the right person. Her family anticipates her serving the same role at the gates of heaven, where she now waits for them.
About the Author
Friar Jack Wintz, OFM, was for many decades an editor at St. Anthony Messenger magazine in Cincinnati, where he interviewed luminaries such as St. Teresa of Calcutta and Gene Kelly. His inspiring books have sold more than a quarter of a million copies.
"The longtime friar also brings his deep devotion to the Franciscan charism and evidence from Scripture, Christian tradition and from the life of St. Francis of Assisi to the book, showing that there will be other creatures besides humans who will be enjoying life with God in heaven. The book features prayers and blessings for all companion animals and offers hope and inspiration to those who have just lost, or are soon to lose, a beloved pet." —The Catholic Telegraph
"Jack Wintz would agree that animals play a special role in our spiritual development. In his I Will See You in Heaven, Wintz, a Franciscan friar, looks to the Bible to show that God sees animals as beings uniquely positioned to care for and nurture us as we care for and nurture them." —Publishers Weekly