November is here, we pray that children and young people will aspire to obtain holiness and we remember our loved ones who have died.
This month our focus is on Saints; and the Holy Souls
in Purgatory. November is a time when we remember those who have attained holiness in life and are now Saints in Heaven. It is also the month when we pray for the souls in Purgatory, in order that they might achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy
In Western Christian theology, All Saints Day is celebrated on 1 November. It is a celebration of all Christian saints who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven, particularly those who have no special feast days of their own. Pope Gregory
IV made All Saints' Day an authorized holiday in 835 CE. In the Roman Catholic Church, the next day, All Souls' Day, specifically commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven.
All Souls' Day commemorates the faithful
departed. The Roman Catholic celebration is associated with the doctrine that the souls of the faithful when they died, had not yet attained full sanctification and moral perfection, a requirement for entrance into Heaven. This sanctification is carried out
posthumously in Purgatory.
Catholics celebrate All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual communion between those in the state of grace who have died and are either being purified in purgatory or
are in heaven (the 'church penitent' and the 'church triumphant', respectively), and the 'church militant' who are the living.
We are all called to be Holy, to be 'saints', at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
The Old Testament prophets, along with John the Baptist and then Jesus, called for a radical change for those who would trust and obey God. When we are saved, we are saved from our heathen desires and practices and called to live a life of holiness.
On Holy Souls Day, we pray for those who have not yet attained full sanctification and moral perfection and are being purified in purgatory. "All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly
purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven." It is "the final purification of the elect."
(You can read more on our November 2017 article.)
We pray to the Saints, that we may share
in their knowledge of the Divine Mysteries.
We pray that children and young people may be called to holiness.
We pray for the souls of
all children and young persons in purgatory, so that they may attain the beatific vision of God in the Communion of Saints.
We pray that the souls of unbaptised infants will not be lost; and that
all souls will be saved.