Tell us about heaven, Winona

 At the memorial service today, we said goodbye to one of the Greco Institute’s most faithful scholars and our dear friend from Year 1 of Catholic Biblical School in Shreveport. I was reminded of a special Jim McGill class Winona and I and others attended one Saturday a couple of years ago. The topic was heaven and hell (as described by theologians and scholars). Of course, Jim translated all the complex concepts into simple ideas we could all understand. Hell is a place of  psychic pain, aloneness, and misery — eternal depression, if you will. 

Heaven, on the other hand, must be a lot like “Cheers” — a place where everybody knows your name! And they’re so happy to see you.

Winona’s feeling all that love right now, and just bursting to tell us all about it …

In case you missed it, here’s the obituary from the Shreveport Times.


2 responses to “Tell us about heaven, Winona

  1. I am friends with Winona Ward’s daughter, Beth, and have been since grade school. It has been a privilege to know the Ward family, and I admired Mrs. Ward (as I knew her) very much. She will be missed!

  2. Some time ago, Winona asked our Year 1 instructor, Jim McGill, to speak at her service. They were good friends and frequent correspondents by e-mail. He provided the following gospel quotation for the memorial program: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5) She had a deep conviction, he said, that God is the source of light.

    Jim’s remarks centered on a quotation he ran across the week before her death and set aside to send her:

    “When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen: There will be something solid for you to stand upon, or you will be taught how to fly.”

    ~ Patrick Overton

    Winona Ward was not afraid of the unknown, he said. She frequently stepped forward, fully trusting solid ground to be there or a pair of wings to carry her. She dwelt in an ever-expanding realm of light and love.

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