Saints and Souls
“I believe in . . . the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting.” These are the words we pray each time we say the Apostle’s Creed; the words that speak to us of life eternal with God. Just as Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, will be raised from the dead.
Who is this “we” that we speak of? It is all of our brothers and sisters in faith; all who know and believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. By our baptism we become one with Christ as we die with him and rise with him to new life. This past Sunday here at St. Francis Xavier we witnessed a baptismm at Mass and that a beautiful new creation of God had holy water poured upon her a a symbol o her dying with Jesus and then rising with Him. For many years, people, whether adult of child, were immersed fully into and even under the water as they were baptized symbolizing their dying and then as they were lifted from the water they rose into new life in Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus, the power of sin no longer has a hold; we are truly free from the bondage of sin. This does not mean that we never sin again. What it does mean is that by his heath and resurrection Jesus took the power of sin and overcame it. I few know Jesus, we can be forgiven of all our sins.
I think about this as we celebrate the Feast of All Saints. All those saints who have gone before us, they too were sinners, and they too succumbed to temptation. Their life stories and the paths they chose are as diverse as we are today. But for each of them there came a time in their life when they realized the only way to true peace and happiness was through Jesus Christ. The lives of the Saints have one major event in common; they experienced a conversion which then defined how they lived for Christ.
We are saints-in-the-making! Having been blessed with the grace of God at our Baptism, the Holy Spirit is with us each and every moment of our lives. When we recognize this and live in love with God and all of God’s people, we too can achieve sainthood. Let us all on this Feast of All Saints pray with gratitude to the Saints for the example they have set for us. Because so many of us have access to the internet in our homes, I invite and encourage you, especially parents, to take time this week to “goggle” a Saint and become familiar with their conversion story. In this way we remain in communion with the Saints as they continue to bless our lives.
Let us also remember the souls of our departed loved ones as Monday is All Soul’s Day. Let us pray:
“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And
let the perpetual light shine upon them. May
the souls of all the faithful departed, through
the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.”