All Souls Day
This is the day of the year that the Church calls on us to remember the souls of our faithful departed who have gone before us. It is one of those feasts that show the Communion of Saints and the wholeness of the Church in all its glory.
The Church teaches that there is no real difference in this life and the next, that we are all connected and that to God all people are alive.
Imagine the difference in the way that God sees the world and the way that we do. We see those who have gone before us as dead, our grandchildren etc as in the future but God sees all of us at once. We are all alive to God.
One of the questions you can fairly ask yourself is this: if I died now am I ready to dwell with God? Or again, if I died now do I hate God enough to choose hell?
Most of us are somewhere in between, we know we are not ready to look the God of Light in the face but we want to and are prepared to undergo further purification in order to be ready to see him.
This is purgatory. And today we remember the souls that are in that place of getting ready to see God, that place where the last vestiges of selfishness, sin and arrogance in all its forms are purged from our souls.
It’s not a bad place really, for in it we are being prepared, prepared to meet the All Holy God that waits us. As the old saying goes, “Nothing impure shall stand in the presence of God.”
Today we remember those who are being purified.