On Tuesday 1 November we remember and celebrate all the saints, those well-known and the anonymous, who passed to their eternal reward ahead of us. Now they find delight in God’s presence in heaven, after their life here on earth, where, despite the challenges, they sought to love God and others as much as they could. As we honour these saints, we should not forget that even we are called to live a holy life, based on the values of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As we do so, may we all sustain one another.
On the following day, Wednesday 2 November, we remember the faithful departed, our loved ones who passed away, and especially those who are in purgatory, waiting to be purified even from their slightest attachment to sin which impedes them from entering heaven. Therefore, we pray for the repose of their souls: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
On these two days, let’s try and find time to attend Holy Mass, as we pray to the saints to help us become more like them, Christ-like, and remember the souls in purgatory that God our Father calls them with him for their eternal reward in heaven.