Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

November 2, 2016 – The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

(All Souls’ Day)

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

A Reading from the Book of Wisdom (3:1-9)

The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed, they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.

As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
they shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the LORD shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect.
 

Reflect: We desire God and to live forever in his presence, but yet, we are imperfect and in need of purification. On this special day, we pray with increased attention to and intensity for the souls in purgatory. As said by Pope Benedict XVI, “I would go so far as to say that if there was no purgatory, then we would have to invent it, for who would dare say of himself that he was able to stand directly before God… Purgatory basically means that God can put the pieces back together again. That he can cleanse us in such a way that we are able to be with him and can stand there in the fullness of life.” So we lift up our hearts in pray for those still in need of intercession, and we reflect on our own need to accept and respond to the mercy of God while we still walk this earth.

Do I take time to pray for the deceased so that they can be purified from anything that is not of God?  Can I stop to pray today most especially for my beloved deceased?  Can I reflect today on my own responsiveness to God’s mercy and love? (He is giving me many opportunities to know, love and serve him right now – do I see it?)

 

Pray: Loving God, hear my prayer for the deceased whom I loved in life; for the dead who have harmed and hurt me; and for the dead whom no one remembers in prayer.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy on us and on the whole world!

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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