We are coming very near the end of the Church liturgical year. November is the month of remembrance. How appropriate, then, that the Catholic Church offers us the month of November, which begins with All Saints Day and All Souls Day. The Solemnity of All Saints this weekend reminds us of who we are and what a bright future can be ours. As we celebrate today all the saints, both those canonized and those who are unofficial, we are joyful that they have reached the goal of life, heaven. They remind us to keep our sights fixed high, to remember who we are and the glorious eternity that God offers us.
All Saints Day is also intended to honour the memory of countless unknown and uncanonised saints who have no feast days and be inspired by the faithful who have gone before us. Today we thank God for giving ordinary men and women a share in His holiness and Heavenly glory as a reward for their Faith. This feast is observed to teach us to honour the saints, both by imitating their lives and by seeking their intercession for us before Christ, the only mediator between God and human. The feast gives us an opportunity to thank God for having invited so many of our ancestors to join the company of the saints. May our reflection on the heroic lives of the saints and the imitation of their lifestyle enable us to hear from our Lord the words of grand welcome to eternal bliss: “Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into the joys of your master” (Mt 25:21). Today is also a day for us to pray to the saints, both the canonized and the uncanonised, asking them to pray on our behalf that we may live our lives in faithfulness like theirs, and so receive the same reward.
During November we pray for all of our loved ones and friends who have died. We hope and pray that all those near and dear to us who have departed are already or will be numbered among the saints and so we pray for them especially during this month. You are also invited to record the names of your deceased loved ones in the Book of Remembrance at the front of the Church. The Memorial Book with all the names will be placed on the front of the altar the whole month of November so that we can pray for everyone whose name is contained in the Book. There are also November mass envelopes provided on the back table if you wish to have a Mass celebrated for your loved ones and friends who have died.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen, May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Fr. Dantus Thottathil.