All Souls! November 2nd, 2013.

All Souls! Feast Day, Saturday Nov.2nd 2013.

If we believe in the ‘communion of saints’ at all, we believe that we are all of us ‘one in Christ’, members of the Body of the Lord, not just with those presently living, but with all who have gone before us in all ages.

‘For your faithful people, life is changed, not ended.’ (From Preface at funeral Mass).

‘The threads that bind us together in life do not unravel with death’,- from the Catholic funeral liturgy used in Ireland.

A 91year-old woman whom I met while visiting during a Parish Mission said to me, when I asked her about her love for the Holy Souls: ‘The Holy Souls? Sure, don’t they need us, and won’t we need them!’

That’s ‘communion of saints’ in real life! The faithful departed are still one with us, and we with them.

‘Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.’

Seamus Devitt C.Ss.R.

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