The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
Posted on 11/02/2017
All Souls Day

Today the Church honors the lives of loved ones who have gone before us in death.  They still need our prayers as they remain on their journey to the Lord, they are just ahead of us. We also remember them for what they have done for us, and what they continue to do for us. They remain companions on our journey.  

St. John’s Jesuit tutor Aimee Klink requests prayers for the peaceful passing to the Lord of her great uncle, Deacon Curt Vogel. Keep his St. Catherine of Siena Parish in your prayers and his family. Visitation is today at St. Catherine’s and the funeral is tomorrow. Pray for all those who have passed in our lives; remember them for the love they gave and the love they give still.  In the twilight of our life God will not judge our earthly possessions and human success, but rather how much we have loved. (St. John of the Cross) St. John Berchmans, pray for us.  St. Ignatius, pray for us.

“Anyone who comes to me I will never drive away…all who believe in the Son will have eternal life.”  - Jesus

Jesus said to them, “Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never turn away.  I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. It is his will that I should not lose even one of all that he has given me, but raise them all up on the last day.  This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.” (John 6:37-40)

Do we realize the profound relationship that we are drawn into with Jesus – a relationship which goes far beyond this world?  Do we appreciate that all those who have been in our lives and passed on continue to grow in relationship with the Lord?  They are active in our lives and in their relationship with their God.  

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