It is 02nd November 2015. We commemorate all the faithful departed. The readings are from Is.25:6a, 7-9; 1 Cor.15:51-57 and the Gospel from Jn.6:37-40. Having celebrated the Solemnity of All Saints yesterday, we pray for all who in the purifying suffering of Purgatory awaiting the day they will join in heavenly glory. We read in the entrance Antiphon of the first Mass, “Just as Jesus died and has risen again, so through Jesus God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep; and as in Adam all die, so also in Christ will all be brought to life.” (1Thes.4:14; 1Cor.15:22). Those who have chosen to follow God and love God on earth, will continue to live with God eternally in Heaven. All who refuse to live for God on earth, will continue to live eternally away from God in Hell. Our lives are shifting between sinfulness and repentance, we need to go through a process of purification after our earthly existence. The Church teaches us in the Catechism No.1032: “From the beginning the Church has honoured the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God. The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead: Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.” As we remember our loved ones and those who have been forgotten from our memory, we shall pray that eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

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