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Friday, November 2, 2012

Feast of All Souls Day

Good morning. Today we celebrate All Souls Day, a day we recall the love and joy of all those who have gone before us. A day we hope and pray that they along with us may know the joy of seeing God face to face. For some this may be cause for sadness, perhaps even despair, but for all of us as Christians it should be a day of hope and joy. Jesus in today’s Gospel gives us much reason to be hopeful; we are hopeful because the love of God has been poured out into our lives and we have the hope of one day joining those who have left this mortal life to spend eternity looking upon the face of God. Yes, we miss the joy of being with those family members and friends who have died, but we rejoice in their being in glory for it is only death that has died in them. As a monk friend says: “We live to die, and we die to live.” 

Today is likewise a day that we should reflect with appreciation those lives which have touched ours. It is in their lives we have come to know the love and goodness of our Creator. We should be especially appreciative today of the seeds of faith and hope which they have planted in our lives which provide for us expectation of one day joining them in the glory of heaven. Jesus assures us: “Everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.” Out of His love for us He wants each of us to one day join Him in heaven. Certainly the love and goodness of those lives we recall today led us initially to God. One place where we can continue to see God's love daily is in our marriage. Like a husband and wife choose each other and seek to do for each other, so God chose us, and we choose to do His will. Each morning in marriage we awaken alongside our spouse, we awaken to a new opportunity to choose to make God’s love and goodness known in how we live our day together. Make a great day! 

Today we recall the love and goodness of all those who have gone before us. Today we celebrate All Soul’s Day.

In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.

May angels lead you into paradise; upon your arrival, may the martyrs receive you and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem. May the ranks of angels receive you, and with Lazarus, the poor man, may you have eternal rest.

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