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Saturday, November 2, 2013

All Souls' Day

Today we commemorate all the faithful departed. The opening prayer for the Mass is:

Listen kindly to our prayers, O Lord,
and, as our faith in your Son,
raised from the dead, is deepened,
so may our hope of resurrection for your departed servants
also find new strength.

So this is really a feast of hope for the happiness of all those who have gone before us. The first sentence of the first reading from the Book of Wisdom tells us the "souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them." We really do not know what happens immediately after death but we hope and believe that God will take us to Himself and our joy will be complete.
I do pray for those who have died and know that God hears all our prayers.

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