First, it was Pope John Paul II who mumbled at his death bed: "Let me go to the house of the Father." He was declared a saint several years after his death.
Now, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, in a letter to an Italian newspaper which wanted to know how he is spending this last period of his life said: "I can only say that with the slow decline of my physical forces, interiorly, I am on a pilgrimage towards Home."
Two men who have served God's people well. Two men with the same orientation on life: this one and the next. On what is Home.
At the end of the day, at the end of our own earthly pilgrimage, we will go home . . . to the Father's home . . . if we have truly longed for it. #
"For we know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent, should be destroyed, we have a building from God, a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven." 1 Cor 5:1
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be." John 14:1-3