In the Shadow of Death, Hope

Are we getting ready to join “the Faithful Departed”?

In the Shadow of Death, Hope

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All Souls’ Day, or the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, which the Church celebrates on November 2, is an opportunity to commend our loved ones to God.

We present “those who have died in the peace of your Christ and all the dead, whose faith you alone have known” (Eucharistic Prayer IV). We thank God for their lives and pray that they may enter into the fullness of his presence.

But because this day raises a subject we often try to avoid, we can also take it as an invitation to reflect on the fact that each of us will face the cold reality of death one day. It makes no difference where we live, how wealthy we are, or how much influence we have. Every one of us is destined to die. And, if we’re honest with ourselves, we will admit that the thought of death makes us at least a little uncomfortable, if not downright scared.

God Is With Us.

It’s natural to fear…

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