Sunday, November 4, 2018

All Souls' Day 2018

It is a Spiritual Work of Mercy to pray for the living and the dead.  You can find a great discussion about praying for the dead in the Bible, in Maccabees chapter 12, which concludes about the prayers of Judas Maccabeus for the sins of his fallen soldiers:  “Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be absolved from their sin..”(2 Macc. 12:46). ~ Holy Heroes

Seven of our homeschool families gathered on All Souls' Day to pray for the dead.  The historic cemetery is incredibly fascinating.   

The first person to be buried in this cemetery was an infant (1856) who's parents buried him under a tree as they were traveling through in a covered wagon (bottom right).  That child's father was later buried next to the infant.  He was a Confederate soldier (bottom left).

We also came across a grave - with a newer headstone.  She was born in the 1700's (bottom).

It was such a beautiful peace-filled morning.  The three teens that were in attendance lead the Chaplet of Divine Mercy as they walked all the younger children from one section of the cemetery to another praying.  

The Catholic Church teaches (based on Sacred Work and Sacred Tradition) that::

At death, a soul either goes to hell, heaven, or (as the Catholic Church teaches from the Bible) Purgatory.  Purgatory is a place or state where those who died in God's friendship are made perfect so they can enter heaven, of which St. John writes, "nothing unclean will enter it." Rev 21:27  (Matt. 5:48, Rev. 21:27, Heb. 12:14, 2 Macc. 12:44-46)

All good Christians would "prefer to be" with Jesus than in this troubled world.  Just because we would "prefer to be," doesn't mean we instantly will be.  (Matt. 12:32, 1 Pet. 3:19, 1 Cor. 3:15, Luke 12:59, 2 Macc. 12:44-46, Heb. 12:14)

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen


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