Feast of All Saints
by Fr. Benedict Solomon, O.Praem.
Today we celebrate the Feast of All Saints. These people became holy because they always thought about helping others. They always thought about God and their neighbor and zealously tried to serve both.
Envy is the vice whereby we desire some sort of misfortune to befall our neighbor. But solicitude is the virtue whereby we see to the good of our neighbor. The good Samaritan in the parable was zealous about helping the man on the road. At the wedding feast of Cana, our Lady saw that they ran out of wine. Instead of sitting back at being thankful that she wasn’t the host, or secretly telling herself that she could plan things much better, she went to Jesus urgently asking Him to help, “They have no wine…” She felt the pain of others and did all she could to help.
But the saints were not just solicitous for the living; they also prayed for the souls in Purgatory.
Tomorrow is All Souls Day. And for the first eight days of November, to those who visit a cemetery, pray for the departed, receive communion, confession, and pray for the pope’s intentions the Church grants a plenary indulgence for the poor souls.
So during this month let us practice the virtue of the Saints, especially by our zealous care to relieve the sufferings of the souls in Purgatory. The poor souls wait for our prayers every second of every day. They do not sleep and they do not get rest from their suffering. And they aid mightily all those who help them in any way to enter heaven as soon as possible.
The Gospel of John seems almost misplaced for the Easter season…
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