Tuesday, November 2, 2010

All Souls Day

Today we celebrate the Feast of All Souls. On this day we pray for all the faithful departed. The first reading of today's mass says so much:
 "But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. For if before men, indeed, they be punished, yet is their hope full of immortality; Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself."
Wis 3:1-6
This is a picture of my beautiful mother. She died June 12, 2006 at the age of 64. She has always been a constant rudder in my life. Thanks be to God that I can know with certainty that her prayers are still made on my behalf.

As part of the Church Militant, we pray for all the souls in purgatory. We ask for all the prayers of the Saints in heaven. How blessed we are to be part of the communion of Saints!

1 comment:

  1. Forty years away from the church meant my daughter's only contact with the Mass was when we visited my father. But those memories of my Dad and the grace of God worked to bring my daughter to church this year on Tuesday November 2nd, All Souls day.

    She was traveling on business and had a day off in a new city. She opened the hotel guide and found a Catholic cathedral just around the corner. She decided to attend.

    The opening hymn happened to be the very words from my father's funeral mass card. While a non-catholic herself she choose to participate in the service by joining others in announcing the names of their loved ones and lighting a candle in their memory.

    Jessica has gone back to Mass several times since and truly has the Holy Spirit working in her life.

    All Souls day is a day we remember the departed. But this All Souls day one of those departed remembered his granddaughter.

    What a true blessing...

    Michael Fay