The Catholic Church has a rich tradition in praying for the souls of the dead, that they may be united to our Lord in heaven. The month of November has a special place in this spiritual work of charity. The month begins with a bang remembering all the holy men and women of God, All Saint’s Day, dedicated to memory of all those who have lived exemplary lives of holiness for the rest of us poor souls to emulate. On its heals is All Souls Day, dedicated in a particular way to all the souls who have died, that they may be embraced by the Eternal Father in heaven. This work of praying for the dead, and visiting their resting places, helps us to be mindful of our own finality and how we are using our days here on earth.
To aid us with our reflection, I recommend listening to this podcast by Fr. Samuel Medley, SOLT, where recommends to us, “Could you pass by a terribly suffering soul? Offer the merits of Christ for souls that they may pass through final purgation and enter eternal life.”:
Let us, then, during these days of November, remember those who have gone to their rest, and pray for their souls:
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may Your perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.