The Commemoration of All Souls

November 2, 2014


Just this past week, I was talking about prayer with our RCIA candidates, and was quite appropriately asked, “but why do we pray for the dead?”

The answer is two fold: one, because we believe that many of them are still struggling to receive the full grace of God that allows them to receive the gift of eternal life. After all, it is a tremendous gift – one many of us, I imagine, will feel unworthy of.

The second reason is that we believe they are not dead, but alive in a different state.

Of course, it is also coupled with All Saints – a day when we not only remember the proclaimed saints of the Church, but the many, many more who God has recognized.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the The Commemoration of All Souls (Lamentations 3:17-26; Psalm 103; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; Matthew 25-30).


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