From the Desk of Father Mac
Sunday of Ordinary Time
My Dear Friends in Christ,
November is set aside each
year as the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, a time to remember
and to pray for all of the dead who have gone before us.
November 1st is the Feast of All Saints; a day dedicated to the
saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained the glory
of heaven. All Saints Day is a holy day of obligation. There will be
a Vigil Mass for the Feast of All Saints on Tuesday October 31st at
7PM. Masses on the Holy Day, Wednesday November 1st, will be at
7:30am, 12Noon, and 7:00pm.
All Souls' Day, observed on
November 2nd, commemorates all of the faithful departed, and offers
us the opportunity to aid the poor souls in Purgatory with our
prayers and devotions. In fact, an indulgence for the souls in
Purgatory is granted to the faithful who devoutly visit a cemetery
and pray for the departed.
Perhaps no Catholic doctrine has
been more misunderstood than the doctrine of Purgatory. All of the
souls in Purgatory will one day be in Heaven. Purgatory is where
those who have died in grace but have not fully atoned for the
temporal punishments resulting from their sins go to complete
their atonement before entering Heaven. Purgatory is an expression
of God's love and His desire to cleanse our souls of all that might
keep us from experiencing the fullness of joy in Heaven.
salvation is wrapped up with the salvation of others, and charity
requires us to come to their aid. The same is true of the Holy
Souls. In their time in Purgatory, they can pray for us, and we
should pray for the faithful departed that they may be freed from
the punishment for their sins and enter into Heaven.
should pray for the dead throughout the year, especially on the
anniversary of their death, but in this Month of the Holy Souls, we
should devote some time every day to prayer for the dead. We should
start with those closest to us—but we should also offer prayers for
the souls of all the dead, especially those most forsaken.
believe that those Holy Souls for whom we pray will continue to pray
for us after they have been released from Purgatory. If we live
Christian lives, we too will likely find ourselves in Purgatory
someday, and our acts of charity toward the Holy Souls there now
will ensure that they remember us before the throne of God when we
are most in need of prayers. It's a comforting thought, and one that
should encourage us, especially in the month of November, to offer
our prayers for the Holy Souls.
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