November is the month where we as Catholics dedicate our prayers to the deceased and give attention to the saints of the church. We pray for the intercession of the saints and for the souls that may be in Purgatory. This is the month when we remember those that served us in our military and give thanks for this wonderful country that through the grace of God, provides us with freedom from tyranny and the ability to worship without fear.
In our Catholic cemeteries, we witness many expressions of our faith in God, all centered on the gift of salvation – the key to eternal life in Jesus Christ. When we gather to pray for all the saints and the souls of the departed, we do not ask their background nor do we inquire as to the color of their skin, we simply pray for all. A Catholic cemetery is an amazing place of unity, a place where we acknowledge our relationship with God.
Allow yourself a moment to see this unity the next time you visit one of our Catholic cemeteries. You will read names of all ethnicities and all different nationalities. Kneeling at gravesites you will find members of all races, each taking the time to pray for their loved ones and ultimately expressing their love of God. In allowing yourself to recognize this unity, you will find peace and comfort in a place where there is no partiality.
In our Catholic cemeteries, we celebrated Mass on Cemetery Sunday, where we offered prayers for all souls that may find themselves in need of our prayers. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, and the birth of Christ soon to follow, it is up to each of us to pray for the souls of our faithfully departed. We must remember that we are all created in the likeness and image of God and in death each of us will return to Him for our final evaluation. Pray for those that may be in Purgatory, be thankful for the gift of each other as we journey toward our life in paradise.