From: Mary Zimmerman
You may ask, how can you even say that? Yes, it’s still sad, especially for those left behind, but it can be beautiful at the same time: beautiful mass, music, music, and sermon — all for a beautiful woman. I didn’t know her personally, but from what I read in her obituary (and just because she’s editor of the Winona Post Sarah Squires’ grandmother) I know I would’ve liked her. These were good enough reasons for me to attend the funeral of Catherine “Kitty” Squires. They had some really beautiful flowers for her in the church and in her coffin. I whispered to my friend, Lynn, “I don’t want flowers at my funeral,” to which she replied, “One rose?” I answered “yes,” and added I’d also like the life-size Divine Mercy image. I hope one can be borrowed for the occasion from the several that were purchased with the generosity of many.
I wasn’t sure what else I was going to say to fill up this article; I think I’ll use some quotes from the book, “The Other Side,” to give you an idea of what Heaven is about and make you want to strive to get there. But first I just want to make one remark: Heaven is love and Heaven is for real. This is from a beautiful movie about a little boy, Koltan, who went to Heaven and came back to tell about it. I’m sure if you saw the movie you’d be convinced Heaven is just out of this world. I’m also sure you will want to plan a vacation that will last an eternity. A couple things to expect in the heavenly realm: those around you will seem young, in their mid-20s or -30s, and you will experience first-hand God’s love, a love more than any ever known, a love which purifies every fault and remains constant.
Wishing everyone well is the only way to directly enter Heaven, and it seems quite certain God will ask everyone upon entering, “Do you love me?” How will you answer? We know how Kitty answered.
How do you get to know this beautiful place called Heaven? It all boils down to knowing the right people, especially Jesus, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, as well as God’s mother Mary, your guardian angel. Oh yes, and Sister Faustina, who would be glad you called upon her, too. She was so special to Jesus that he entrusted her to write a diary full of messages for the world.
I’ll end now with this message for Kitty: Goodbye my friend. Auf wiedersehen (Until we meet again).