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All Souls’ Day, November 2, Pray for the Dead

2 Maccabees 12:44-45

44 For had he not expected the fallen to rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead,

45 whereas if he had in view the splendid recompense reserved for those who make a pious end, the thought was holy and devout. Hence, he had this expiatory sacrifice offered for the dead, so that they might be released from their sin.

Roman Martyrology

“On this day is observed the commemoration of the faithful departed, in which our common and pious Mother the Church, immediately after having endeavored to celebrate by worthy praise all her children who already rejoice in heaven, strives to aid by her powerful intercession with Christ, her Lord and Spouse, all those who still groan in purgatory, so that they may join as soon as possible the inhabitants of the heavenly city.”

 

 

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God’s Garden

Remembering my Aunt Sue today. She is with the Lord in heaven. God let me spend time with her, my 2nd Mother before she passed. My Aunt Sue read the Holy Bible from cover to cover she would exclaim with such joy.  There is a place in my heart that is only reserved for her. May God give strength to my cousin her daughter, Marjorie and to all children and grandchildren. Especially, my dearest cousin Denise who ministers to me about the purpose life and death. She is such a humble Christian.  But My Aunt touched the heart of so many people. She was a Woman of God on this earth.

God of our ancestors in faith, by the covenant made on Mount Sinai, You taught Your people to strengthen the bonds of family through faith, honor, and love.  God of faithfulness, in Your wisdom You have called my Aunt Sue out of this world.  YOU have released her from the bonds of sin, and welcome her into Your Presence, so the she may enjoy eternal light and peace and be raised up in glory with all Your saints. Grant that I may see my dearest Aunt Sue again in the brightness of Your everlasting glory. I ask this through Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.  In this I pray, Amen.

 

 

God looked around his garden,
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth,
And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you,
And lifted you to rest;
God’s garden must be beautiful-He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering,
He knew you were in pain;
He knew you would never get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
And hills were hard to climb
So he closed your weary eyelids, and whispered,
“Peace be thine.”
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn’t go alone,
For a part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.

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