Humbly submit your will to God (thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary.
The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Soul’s Day)
The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed, they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
they shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the LORD shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect. WIS 3:1-9
Jesus said to the crowds:
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.” Jn 6:37-40
Today, we celebrate the Commemoration of All Souls. May we take time to pray for all deceased relatives, friends, those in your parish, the community, and for all souls. The Creed states, “I believe in the Communion of Saints”. We celebrated the Triumphant in heaven yesterday who can pray and help those in purgatory and on earth. We ask their intercession each day in prayer (storm heaven any time you want, saints are eagerly awaiting to help). Today we pray for all of those souls suffering in purgatory. They cannot gain merit with God anymore (body and soul separated) and fully rely on the prayers of the saints and our prayers. The Militant on earth are all baptized souls trying to follow the will of God (die to self, carry your crosses and offer them up, fight Satan/sin, be a servant-put others before self) and we can receive His grace through the sacraments that helps fill us for our journey and makes us holy. Most importantly, God wants your friendship day in and day out. He sent His only Son to die so you could be friends with Him.
Today, Jesus makes clear our purpose for being created. ”For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.” We have an earthly body with a Spirit that has a heavenly homeland. We must spend time daily stirring the Spirit inside of us. It is our final destination. We believe in an afterlife, a spiritual world because that is what God revealed to us in Jesus. God gave us a body to bring forth new life with Him and create more souls to fill heaven. He also gave us a body to help the least of His people and be missionaries in our own homes. Use your body for good. It starts by feeding your Spirit with the Eucharist, prayer, and Scripture. Since Jesus died and resurrected we have the ability to conquer sin in our lives through the grace of Baptism and avenues of grace in the Sacraments. Open yourself to God’s grace, conquer sin in your life, and experience joy in this life and the next.
Today’s challenge: Become a saint! For this we are made! Pray for all souls in purgatory. Make a wall of remembrance and pray for their souls throughout the year.