Friday, November 10, 2017

Souls In Purgatory

Dear Parishioners,

November is the month of the Souls in Purgatory as we celebrated Mass last Thursday for our beloved dead. It’s the one day of the year that I wear black vestments as a sign of mourning for my deceased parents and relatives as well as for yours. It’s a day we remember the blessing they were to us, as well as an opportunity to pray for their speedy entry into heaven, should they need some help, and help for those still in Purgatory who need our prayers. It’s one of the 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy and a noble and excellent way of acting. However, it should not end on November the 2nd. The entire month should be a time during which we regularly remember and pray for the dead. After all, they are still part of the Church (the Church Suffering) while we (the Church Militant) fight through prayer and sacrifice for their joining with the Saints (the Church Triumphant) in the kingdom of heaven. As we remember our beloved dead, we ought to look ahead to our departure from this world. Have you looked to see if your will is up to date? Have you made plans for your funeral? Certainly there ought to be a Mass as that will greatly shorten the time spent in Purgatory. Have you left some money in your will for the poor and the Church? One spiritual writer once said that entry into heaven requires a reference from the poor, as our Lord had a special affection for them. Finally, this week’s first reading talks about wisdom (Wisdom 6:12-16). The wise virgins were ready for their master’s arrival (Matthew 25:1-13). May we imitate their readiness through prayer, service, and sacrifice to God and neighbor.

Fr. Carl

“The sun never hides his light for fear of inconveniencing the owls.”
~ Thoughts of the Cure D’Ars