Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed— this is the official liturgical title of All Souls Day. As we enter November, I offer here some thoughts from holy women and man on death, on prayer for those who have died and on heaven.
“There is no time with God, and prayer is retroactive. By virtue of the prayers we may say in the future, at the moment of the death which so appallingly met them, they will have been given the grace to choose light rather than darkness. Love rather than Hate. May their souls, as well as the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace.”
Dorothy Day— “Meditation on the Death of the Rosenbergs”
“Limitless and without consolation would have been our sorrow for close ones who are dying, if the Lord had not given us eternal life. Our life would be pointless if it ended with death. What benefit would there then be from virtue and good deed? Then they would be correct who say: ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!’ But man was created for immortality, and by His resurrection Christ opened the gates of the Heavenly Kingdom, of eternal blessedness for those who have believed in Him and have lived righteously. Our earthly life is a preparation for the future life, and this preparation ends with our death. ‘It is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment’ (Heb 9:27). Then a man leaves all his earthly cares; the body disintegrates, in order to rise anew at the General Resurrection. Often this spiritual vision begins in the dying even before death, and while still seeing those around them and even speaking with them, they see what others do not see.”
Saint John the Wonderworker
“It is not Death that will come to fetch me, it is the good God. Death is no phantom, no horrible specter, as presented in pictures. In the catechism it is stated that death is the separation of soul and body, that is all! Well, I am not afraid of a separation which will unite me to the good God forever.”
Saint Therese of Lisieux
“Today I was in heaven, in spirit, and I saw its unconceivable beauties and the happiness that awaits us after death. I saw how all creatures give ceaseless praise and glory to God. I saw how great is happiness in God, which spreads to all creatures, making them happy; and then all the glory and praise which springs from this happiness returns to its source; and they enter into the depths of God, contemplating the inner life of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, whom they will never comprehend or fathom. This source of happiness is unchanging in its essence, but it is always new, gushing forth happiness for all creatures.”
P.S. Mass for National Adoption Month
November is National Adoption Month. To celebrate, Mary Queen of Peace invites all to their 10th Annual Mass for National Adoption Month on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 pm. Birth parents, adoptive parents and adopted children will be recognized during Mass. Mary Queen of Peace is located at 4423 Pearl Rd, Cleveland. Please contact Mary Queen of Peace at 216-749-2323 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For quick access to the entire bulletin for this weekend ONLINE, please click on the link below: