Will I See My Cat in Heaven?

Will I See My Cat in Heaven?

It’s my personal hunch that there are more people on our planet who have dogs as pets than cats. I believe others hold a similar opinion. I would speculate that for every four or five caretakers of dogs, there is only one who takes care of cats.

Earlier this year, I published I Will See You in Heaven: Cat Lover’s Edition! It features a cat on the cover, as shown here. My previous two books in this series, (which we might call the “pets in heaven series”) had dogs on the cover. Their respective titles were Will I See My Dog in Heaven? (2009) and I Will See You in Heaven (2010), which has a Golden Retriever puppy on the cover.

The Whole Family of Creation

In the first book of this “pets in heaven series,” Will I See My Dog in Heaven?, I carefully chose the following words for the book’s subtitle: “God’s Saving Love for the Whole Family of Creation.” These words express the main theme of that book. The book, by the way, was never meant to focus simply on dogs, but on God’s desire to bring the whole family of creation together in heaven. As a matter of fact, I would like the subtitle to be seen as expressing the central theme of each of the three books mentioned in this E-spiration.

I had a further objective in each of the three books, namely, to offer a good supply of evidence from 1) Scripture, 2) Christian tradition and 3) the life of St. Francis of Assisi that God desires all creatures (including our beloved pets) to find a home with their Creator in heaven.

Personal Comments on Each Book

1. Will I See My Dog in Heaven? This is my favorite book because it serves as a sourcebook for the other two (abbreviated) versions of the book. This book contains more information from Scripture, Christian tradition and the teachings of St. Francis than the shorter versions do. For example, this book, includes a colorful account of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi as celebrated each October at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

2. I Will See You in Heaven (with a Golden Retriever on the cover) and I Will See You in Heaven: Cat Lover’s Edition! (with a cat on the cover). Both of these have special attraction because of their hardcover “gift book” style. Each also has a special dedication page at the front of the book that allows people to give it to relatives and friends in memory of a pet that has died. For some, these books will also turn out to be an easier read as well.

3. I Will See You in Heaven: Cat Lover’s Edition. For cat lovers, especially for those who may not feel a special affection for dogs, this will likely be the most satisfying and pleasing of the three editions. The book’s cover features an appealing photo of a cat. In addition, many of the longer sourcebook’s dog stories have been replaced by stories of cats in this edition. Also, the sketches of cats inside the book are more numerous than those of dogs. Some of the cat stories also have a special poignancy. (All three books are published by Paraclete Press, Brewster, Massachusetts.)

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About the Author

Jack Wintz, O.F.M., is a familiar face at Franciscan Media. His articles and photos have been appearing in the pages of St. Anthony Messenger magazine for over 38 years. He has been writing Friar Jack’s E-spirations for AmericanCatholic.org for over ten years. This free e-newsletter reaches over 50,000 readers around the world.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1486477315 Andrew Son

    My kittens are named Doc or Dockey and Xavier or Xavi. Doc is an 11 month old orange tabby and Xavi is a 13 month old white & black kitten. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. Dockey bring a smile to my face and I am not easy to make smile. I have been through a lot.

    May Saint Noah and Saint Francis of Assisi bless all kittens and cats! Also, all domestic animals and natural life+

    Thank you and God bless you and yours for peace+joy+love+forgiveness of enemies.

    -andrew son
    seymour, ct

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