A Reflection by Carol Dufresne

This November, we celebrate the Commemoration of the Souls of the Faithful Departed. May this prayer for our beloved dead and the month of November be a source of consolation for each of us. Most of us have been touched in some way by the sting of death. For some, our hearts are broken and suffering about the loss of loved ones. Others may be dealing with unresolved issues about goodbyes that were not said, reconciliation that did not occur, gratitude that was not expressed. May we take this opportunity to ask the faithful departed to intercede for us and for our peace, as we in turn, pray for them. The Church’s teaching about the Communion of Saints offers us hope in moments of despair and sadness. We don’t have to “let them go” or “move on” because, in prayer, we remain in relationship with and feel ever close to those who have died. Let this be a source of hope in moments of despair and sadness. May we reflect on what they have meant to us and listen closely to the words by Carol Browning as we sing, “We Remember” at this Monday night’s Mass.  We hold on to our loved ones and “remember” them. As we speak the names of those from within our parish family and from other areas of our lives, we take comfort in knowing that “though life is changed…it is not ended.” We look forward to the day when we will enjoy their friendship again and together see our Lord face to face. And “in this bright promise” may God be eternally praised!

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