This weekend our Church celebrates two very important days in our Church year. November 1st, the Feast of All Saints which I reflected on last week when I talked about why the Saints are an important part of our spiritual journey, and November 2nd, the Feast of all souls. I would like to spend a few moments reflecting on why it is so important that we take time to remember and to continue to pray for our deceased loved ones. With this in mind I would like all of us to pause and to thing about in a prayerful way those family members and friends who have died, those individuals who have shown us the face of God. (Pause, shed a tear or two and smile. Take as long as you need to remember fondly these special individuals)
The Feast of all souls is important because it gives us a wonderful opportunity to remember their goodness, but it also gives us a wonderful way for us to pray on their behalf asking the Lord to bless them for who they were and to forgive them for the times that they might have come up short in responding to God's invitation to be a bearer of His Love. May our prayer time help us to carry on their goodness and may our prayers for them help them to be in the Presence of God.
God's continued Peace,
Fr. Yvon J. Royer