For all the saints

Heaven and earth rejoiced yesterday, 1 November, because that was the day for all the saints. The saints are those people who are currently living saintly lives and they are those people who are dead, having lived saintly lives.  Whether proclaimed or unproclaimed as saints by the Church, they are ordinary people like us who are living or have lived their earthly lives extraordinarily – their lives are always centred on God and their existence and purpose is everything for God and with God. As Christians we believe in the Communion of Saints. For those who have died, we may be physically separated from them by the barrier of death but we are united with our prayers.

The communion of saints (in Latin, communio sanctorum), when referred to persons, is the spiritual union of the members of the Christian Church, living and the dead, those on earth, in heaven, and, for those who believe in purgatory, those also who are in that state of purification. Wikipedia

These three states of the Church are:

  1. Church Triumphant: the Church in heaven, in the Kingdom of God
  2. Church Militant: the Church on earth that works to overcome the imperfect and sinful dimension of human existence
  3. Church Suffering: the Church in purgatory
Padre Annibale painted on the ceiling of St Anthony's Shrine, Hawthorn VIC
Saint Annibale painted on the ceiling of the National Shrine of St Anthony in Hawthorn, Victoria

Our Lord grants His grace through prayer. He said, “Pray and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened for you.” The theologians teach that prayer is absolutely necessary for our eternal salvation, because none can be saved without prayer. To stimulate us to pray, our Lord pledged His word, assuring us of the infallible efficacy of prayer, ie we will obtain from His divine Heart what is necessary for us to live and die saintly. St Annibale Maria Di Francia, FS p 403

We have celebrated All Saints’ Day with great devotion and we always pray for all the saints who help us and intercede for us.  For all the saints, pray for us!

Image source:

  • First image from Quotes with images
  • Second image from the archives of Daughters of Divine Zeal, Australia

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