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Viewpoint: A time to remember and celebrate those who have gone before

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In the upcoming days there will be commemorations and celebrations in memory of the dead. Beginning Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, those of Mexican descent will gather in homes and in cemeteries to remember their deceased loved ones in Day of the Dead celebrations. The last day of this celebration, Nov. 2, is the Catholic commemoration of All Souls Day.

In the Philippines, the natives have a unique way of remembering their dead on Nov. 1 and 2 every year. Read more »

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Viewpoint: The communion of saints

November 1st, 2015 Posted in Death & Resurrection, Opinion Tags: , ,

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November is an appropriate time for remembering in prayer those who have gone before us

 

In November we celebrate Thanksgiving, a national holiday when we gather as a family to thank God for all that he has given to us in our lives.

It is also the time of year that our church urges us to remember and pray for those departed loved ones who have been a part of our lives and to especially remember those faithful who may have no one on earth left to pray for them. Far from being a sad practice, the tradition of praying for the dead reminds us of the greatest mystery of the church, the communion of saints.

As Catholics we believe that the primary purpose of our life on earth is to know, love and serve God in this life so we can be happy with him in heaven. In other words, we are all called to be saints. God’s plan of salvation is for everyone to be reunited and happy together forever. Read more »

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All Saints’ Day points to church as the communion of saints, pope says

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Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — The feast of All Saints calls on Catholics to see the church as the communion of saints — as Christ meant it to be — and not to focus on it as an earthly institution with members who sometimes sin, Pope Benedict XVI said.

“We are called to see the church, not in its temporal and human aspect, marked by fragility, but as Christ wanted it, that is, as the communion of saints,” the pope said Nov. 1 before reciting the Angelus for the feast of All Saints.

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