November 2, 2012
Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day)
John 6: 37-40
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)
Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts. Romans 5: 5
Are you a hopeful person? With all the reasons to give in to cynicism, hope often seems a naïve proposal. Yet it is listed among the three theological virtues in 1 Corinthians 13:13 (along with faith and love) as realities that are lasting.
These virtues lead to union with God and come as blessings from God. Despair and presumption are the opposites of hope: despair says we are unsalvageable, and presumption says we can save ourselves. Hope rightly places the work of salvation in God’s trustworthy hands.
—Alice Camille, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2009 Loyola Press, Chicago IL. For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, almost every day of the year, we feel the void of our loved ones who have moved into your eternal love. Over the years the loss may soften, but the heart still longs for its missing piece. All Souls Day is a respite from separation. As a member of the communion of saints our beloved family and friends whisper through our memories, through our actions that model their goodness, and through our prayers that unite us with their spirit.
We place our hope in the truth that their spirit is forever protecting, guiding, and embracing us. Lord, thank you for our dearest loved ones who now celebrate the ultimate victory – life over death. Continue to awaken our sensitivity to their abiding presence each day of our lives.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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