We enjoyed a particularly mild October, and now we “Fall backward” into true Fall weather. The leaves have been glorious–tangerine, scarlet, salmon–but soon we’ll only see bare gray branches soughing in the harsh winter winds. It’s November, the month that begins with candy and the sweetness of the Saints. The month of November is dedicated to remembrance–of our beloved dead especially. In all our masses and prayers we will especially call on the remembrance of those the Church acknowledges as “Hallowed” holy and held up for veneration. With them are all those we continue to keep in our prayers, thoughts, and hearts, those dear to us of our family and friends who have gone before us.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace. Amen.
Our Faith commends us to hope in life everlasting with all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of Faith. Saint Thomas More, in the last letter to his daughter before he was martyred for his adherence to that Faith, said it beautifully:
“Pray for me, and I shall pray for you and all your friends, that we may merrily meet in Heaven.”
As the Church we pray for each other and for the whole world, and we hope that one day we may all be gathered in joy at the Wedding Feast of the Lamb, where we shall be with our God, and all those who have gone before us. We will know then of all the prayers which have been offered for us, and, God willing, witness to those for whom we have offered prayers.
I will remember you, and all the Holy Souls in the Masses and prayers of All Saints and All Souls. Please keep me in your prayers.
Love and peace,
Fr. Liam Quinlan