Tonight our parish celebrated a a Memorial Mass for All Souls Day, remembering all parishioners who passed away during the past year. For the recently deceased, Acolytes lit candles in a beautiful display at the foot of the altar. As each name was read, a duo led us all in “Jesus Remember Me When You Come Into Your Kingdom.” The congregation voiced the names of their other beloved deceased as the singing continued. Tomorrow, I’ll poll a few friends to confirm my hunch that Holy Spirit brought to our minds many more ‘forgotten’ loved ones than there was time to mention aloud. And, I’ll bet that I wasn’t the only one impressed with a renewed appreciation for the communion of saints, particularly the Angels attending at Holy Mass.
During the past year I’ve attended six funerals with two more scheduled for later this week. Tonight the Season for Flame of Love began for me. Yes! It’s time to fortify the ranks of Church Triumphant with holy souls freed by God’s Grace. I see this as the little work before me to help ‘the people of the Kingdom and the people of Heaven. . .rise together. . .” Spread the effect of Grace of Thy Flame of love over all humanity. Amen.