These humble "professors of faith" show us that growing old is a blessing.
About this Book:
Heaven's Homecoming written by Father Douglas McKay is a beautiful look at the qualities of the elderly and their deep understanding of love, heaven, and faith. Fr. McKay served as the priest at Holy Family Home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor for 18 years. These elderly residents were truly "professors of faith," and the eulogistic stories told within these pages will make you laugh and cry. Under the patronage of Saint Jeanne Jugan and her Little Sisters of the Poor, these residents show their humble faith, wonderful humor, and determination to reach their final destination of heaven. They teach us all that growing old isn't a curse, but a blessing. The string throughout the book is the priest's relationship with each of these individuals, and how each one of them helps him come a step closer to overcoming his fear of death and dying. Filled with wisdom, the accounts of their final moments on earth proclaim, most especially, the Lord's command: "Be not afraid."
Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, stated in the Foreword, "Heaven's Homecoming celebrates the profound silence of indescribable joy in the presence of God who calls us home to Himself. Since this is our goal, let's go on for God..."
In one account, a resident, after getting her hair done, "boarded heavens bus-on schedule as planned-for her wedding banquet…she was ready and unafraid." The accounts of these sweet, albeit delightfully ornery, people give us a glimpse of those nearest to their journey to heaven. Heavens Homecoming will speak to all of us who look to the experience of those who have journeyed through life and are now realizing God's peace and mercy as they return home.
Perfect for caregivers, family members who are caring for elderly parents and grandparents, nurses, hospice workers, and anyone reflecting on that last great journey to eternal life.
Proceeds from the sale of this book benefits the Little Sisters with a small percentage going to The Calix Society where Fr. McKay serves as a spiritual director.
Keywords: death - dying - elderly - terminal illness - nursing home