October 26, 2014 – A View from the Rectory Window

There is a Mexican saying that we die three deaths: the first when our bodies die, the second when our bodies are lowered into the earth out of sight, and the third when our loved ones forget us. Our Catholic Faith forestalls this last death by seeing the faithful dead as members of the Church, alive in Christ, and by praying for them and asking their prayers for us.

In his homily on the Feast of All Souls last year, Pope Francis reminded us that, “Remembering these brothers and sisters of ours who lived before us and are now in heaven, is our hope and this hope does not disappoint. If we live our lives with the Lord, he will never disappoint us.”

“We are children of God,” he said, and we live in the hope of one day seeing God as he is. “On the feast of All Saints and before the Day of the Dead, it is important to think about hope,” he said.

The early Christians used an anchor as a symbol of hope, Pope Francis tells us, and “to have our hearts anchored up there where our loved ones are, where the saints are, where Jesus is, where

God is — that is hope. That is the hope that doesn’t disappoint.” The feasts of All Saints and All

Souls are “days of hope,” he said. The virtue of “hope is like a bit of leaven that enlarges your soul. There are difficult moments in life, but with hope you go forward and keep your eyes on what awaits us. Today is a day of hope; our brothers and sisters are in the presence of God, and we too, will be there in the Lord’s arms if we follow the path of Jesus.”

“Before sunset today, each one of us can think of the sunset of our lives,” the pope said. “Do we look forward to it with hope and with the joy of being welcomed by the Lord?”

As a parish family, we have invited all the families who have lost someone to death in the past year to the 5pm Mass on the Feast of All Souls on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at the Church of the Resurrection, Marmora. At this liturgy, we have invited these families to illuminate a symbol of remembrance and to bring a picture of their loved one to be placed on a table before the altar.

I invite not only the families to whom I have already written, but also you, that you might share in the hope of our faith and the prayers of the parishioners of Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish.

At this Mass we will share in the hope of our Catholic Faith that our loved ones are not forgotten to the Lord nor to us.

May the God of all consolations be with you,

Father Pete