Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Saints and Souls

Yesterday was the Feast of All Saints and today is the Feast Day of  All Souls. I went to mass both days and learned more about each one. I was able to spend extra time with God and praying. I found this article from Catholic Online that shares Pope Benedict's address on All Saints Day. I thought it was very thought provoking and I thought I would share some of it with you....

"Today we venerate this countless community of All Saints, who, through their different walks of life, show us different paths to holiness, united by a common denominator: to follow Christ and adhere to Him, the ultimate goal of our human life. In fact, all states of life may become, by the action of grace and with the commitment and perseverance of each one of us, a path to sanctification. " (Addressing All Saints)

"The Commemoration of All Souls, tomorrow, November 2nd, helps us to remember our loved ones who have left us, and all the souls on their way to the fullness of life, on the horizon of the Heavenly Church, which today's solemnity holds on high.
"From the early days of the Christian faith, the Church on earth, recognizing the communion of the whole mystical body of Jesus Christ, has honored the memory of the dead with great respect and paid suffrage to them. Our prayer for the dead is not only useful but necessary, because it not only can help them, but at the same time renders effective their intercession on our behalf." (Addressing All Souls)

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