Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
On All Saints Day we celebrate the lives of the people whom we believe entered Heaven upon their physical deaths. On All Souls Day, we extend our prayers to all Christians who have passed from this life. In both cases we celebrate our belief that all who die in Christ will rise in Christ.
While we no longer see the physical bodies of those who have passed away, we are still united with them as part of the mystical body of Christ. Today, as we celebrate Christ’s triumph over death during the Eucharist, we also celebrate the mystical union we share both with Christ and with all of those who have gone before us.
As we celebrate the Eucharist today, let us sing and pray along with the souls of our dearly departed. Which person would you most like to be praying with this day?
—Fr. Paul Lickteig, S.J. serves as parochial vicar at St. Xavier Church, Cincinnati OH.
Jesus, may all that is you flow into me. May your body and blood be my food and drink. May your passion and death be my strength and life.
Jesus, with you by my side enough has been given. May the shelter I seek be the shadow of your cross. Let me not run from the love which you offer, but hold me safe from the forces of evil.
On each of my dyings shed your light and your love. Keep calling to me until that day comes, when, with your saints, I may praise you forever. Amen.
—Anima Christi, transl. David L. Fleming, SJ, in Hearts on Fire, © Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1993.Please share the Good Word with your friends!