|Ludwig F.W. Riefstahl- German d. 1888|
On this day you will see a tiny nun placing flowers on all the grave sites in the small island cemetery and in a more hidden way in our own monastery cemetery.
|gate to OLR cemetery|
|A. Karosfoi-Kreisch- 1910, Hungary|
Why We Pray for the Dead
The Catechism of the Catholic Church's section on Purgatory explains that "All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven".
The Catechism states that "From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice... The Church also commends alms giving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead".
The feast of All Souls is a reminder to pray for the "faithful departed". Although they are members of the Communion of Saints, they have been saved and will one day be in heaven, but need to be perfected before they can go to Heaven, that is, to come into full unity with the perfection that is God.
This summer has been a time for loss for us all in the monastery: Mother Dilecta's mother in May and yesterday her nephew, Paul John; Mother Felicitas's son Carl a few weeks ago; my dear friends Ira, and Tim and Les: Mother Catarina's friend Rick.
Daily we pray for all who have died, in war, in accidents, in violence, in famine, the homeless, those without loved ones, for fathers, mothers, children.
Eternal Rest grant unto them O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them
May they rest in peace. Amen.