All Saints and All Souls
All Saints and All Souls

The Church teaches that it is right and fitting for us to cultivate the memory of the dead.  We remember those who have died because their lives inspire us to maintain hope in all that God has in store for us.  By following in their footsteps, we arrive at perfect union with Christ: we arrive, in a word, at “holiness.”

In the Eucharist, the whole communion of Christ, living and dead, gathers around the table.  At the moment, we are truly one great Church: the whole Body of Christ present in mystery and friendship.

The feast of All Saints honors all known or unknown whose lives are modeled on the Beatitudes for the kingdom, and on the great commandment of love for God and neighbor.

The texts and traditions of All Souls express our faith in the Communion of Saints and the need to pray particularly for those who have died in their human imperfection and await final entrance into the joys of heaven.

Our November environment attempts to evoke such mysteries.  Those who, this year, have gone on before us are present with us in name and in spirit.  We have “clothed” them in the colors of the harvest, an intensely paschal image that the scriptures use over and over as a sign of the kingdom to come, and as an emblem of the resurrection.  (Oct. 26, 2003)

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