Remembering our beloved dead….
With the whole Church, we celebrate this month the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed. We celebrate the love we have shared with our beloved dead, who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith.
We pause and reflect on our certain faith in the mystery of the Communion of Saints, that is, our interrelationship as the pilgrim church with those suffering in purgatory and those triumphant in heaven. We pause to offer our special prayers and sacrifices for the repose of the souls of our loved ones.
When death comes so close to us, as in a family, we can feel more the emptiness and devastation that come with bereavement. Yet in our loss and bereavement, we discover God’s presence in the sympathy and love our friends and family offer us in our time of need. We learn to appreciate more the real value of the gifts of faith, family and friendship. We discover the value of sympathy and solidarity that make us go through our difficulties and challenges in life with more faith, more hope and more love.
As we remember our loved ones, we offer our prayers for them. We are encouraged to show sympathy and support for our families in their time of bereavement, especially those families who are alone in coping with this difficulty and challenge.
We pledge that every gesture of affection and friendship we show to one another on behalf of our beloved dead become a sign of God’s love for all of us. The legacy of love and friendship that our loved ones have left us should inspire and move us to live a life full of love and concern for one another.
Our faith in the death and resurrection of Christ is the legacy of His self-sacrificing love for all of us. In so many ways, we celebrate the greatest love that this world has ever known through Christ’s own offering of his life for the forgiveness of our own sins, including the sins of our loved ones who have gone before us.