Today we remember those who have died and are being purified by God’s love as they prepare to enter heaven.
As I write this, I received a short time ago the news that my cousin Lino had died some hrs before in the UK.
We used to play together as boys in Malta.
I will offer Mass for him today.
Some ask why do we pray for the dead?
We are all imperfect, we all sin.
Sin weakens us and we need God’s healing love to purify us from the ‘disfigurement’ that sin leaves in us.
It is of course God’s desire that we all be saved.
God desires all to be with God and with each other in the great Communion of Saints.
When asked how many will be saved Jesus said:
‘For humans it is impossible but not for God‘.
It is God’s love that saves us.
The understanding of purgatory is that after we die God purifies us with His love.
We are purified from the effects of sin.
When we pray for someone who has died, we are joining our love with God’s love and sending it to that person on their journey into heaven.
This was a belief of the Jewish people and of the early Church and is today.
These two days ‘All Saints‘ and ‘All Souls Day‘ remind us of a deep bond of love between the living and the dead, ‘The Communion of Saints‘.
Christ gives us a share in His victory over death and welcomes us into the glory of heaven where we share love and life everlasting with a deeper love than ever.
Yes, we grieve for those we love who have died. In fact, grief is a journey as we keep dealing with the human sense of loss.
However, our grief is also mingled with hope.
Love is indeed eternal; we are still connected through love with those who have died. We look forward to a great and deeper love when we are reunited forever in heaven.
We know this because of Christ.
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