Scripture tells us that it is a good and holy thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins.’ This month of November is the month of the Holy Souls. On November 2nd the cemeteries were packed with people visiting and decorating their family plots.
The second reading from today’s Mass offers these consoling words, ’The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God and no torment shall ever touch them. In the eyes of the unwise they did appear to die and their departure was thought to be a disaster but they are at peace.’
We often see death as something that separates us from those we love. The truth is that those who die in grace go no further from us than God and God is always near. They are with us as God is with us. They are with us as we remember, make present the past, what they said, what they did, their faults and failing, their strengths and virtues. They are with us.
We thank God for family members and friends who touched and enriched our lives trusting that grace and mercy await God’s holy ones. Eternal rest grant to them O Lord and let perpetual light shine on them.
Fr. Paul Cusack, C.P.