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prayforthose beforeNext Sunday and Monday, after Halloween or All Hallows Eve, we in the Catholic Church celebrate All Saints Day on November 1 and then All Souls Day On November 2.

These are very old feasts originally created to celebrate those whom we believed to be in heaven and to pray for those we believed to be in purgatory.What I want you to notice is the words, “we believed.” This is our belief and judgement about certain persons, but can we really make this judgement about a particular person?

“For who has known the mind of the Lord.” - Romans 11:34

It is a great idea to pray for and to those who have gone before us into the unknown. But let us leave the judgements to the loving Divine Mystery who knows better than we know ourselves and instead celebrate the fact that we are still deeply connected and united to all who have gone before us.

We are their advocates, yes, but they are also ours as well.

Let us really celebrate these days united in joy with all of them.

Sister Rosemary Fry


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