Praying for the dead is “a holy and pious thought.”

all_souls_night_cemetery2November is the month of the poor souls, Veterans’ Day and Thanksgiving. After celebrating All Saints’ Day on November 1, we pray for the souls in purgatory for the rest of the month. As the Second Book of Maccabees tells us, praying for the dead is “a holy and pious thought.” (12:45) As fellow members of the Church, the communion of saints, we assist with prayer and penance those who are on the final leg of their journey to our Father in heaven, that they may be purified of the remnants of sin and be made ready to enter into the all holy presence of God. To pray for the dead and to have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered on their behalf is an act of charity which will not go unappreciated. If we do not maintain this practice, who will offer prayers for us someday when we are in need of them?

Veterans’ Day originated with the armistice that ended the hostilities of what is now known as World War I. Unfortunately the “war to end all wars” did not produce that result. Grateful for the service and sacrifice of those who have served in the armed forces in the past, let us pray for peace and for the safety of those who are serving in the military today.

This Thanksgiving we have many reasons to be grateful to God, even though our area has been affected this year by severe drought. Let us not forget to thank God for the blessings of this year, both material and spiritual, as we also pray for those who have experienced loss and for those who are actively involved in helping them.

May Mary, Patroness of the United States and
Star of the New Evangelization, pray for us.
May God bless you and your families.

-- Fr. Michael Gorman, Chaplain