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Doctrines & Morals

The Commemoration of All Souls

Wis. 3:1-9, Rom. 5:5-11, Mk 15:33-39.16:1-6. Today we dedicate our prayers in support of the souls in Purgatory, still being purified of the remains of their sins. Our ties with deceased relatives and friends do not end with their death because we are in communion with them in faith. We, the 'Church Militant' commemorate the 'suffering Church' (ecclesia penitens) still in transit, to help them attain the hope of eternal glory. To have this eternal glory, it is necessary that we be purged out of all our sins. The doctrine about 'Purgatory', speaks of the 'Mercy of God' who rewards us according to our conduct.

Hence, today's commemoration is associated with the doctrine that the souls of the faithful who at death have not been cleansed from the temporal punishment due to venial sins cannot immediately attain the beatific vision. Through our prayers and the sacrifice of the Mass we help to purge them off their sins. The infinite value of the Mass makes it the most important prayer to offer up for their souls. Besides contributing to shortening their time for purification, at the same time more quickly to purify our own inordinate tendencies and make reparation for our personal sin.

May the Lord make our hope steadfast as we await the resurrection of all the faithful departed! Amen!! Good morning and have a pleasant day!!!

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