There is no better day than All Souls Day to perform a key act of mercy in this Jubilee Year of Mercy: that of the spiritual work of mercy in praying for the living and the dead. In particular, on All Souls Day, we remember all those who have gone before us but who have not yet entered the Beatific Vision in Heaven and are in Purgatory. Their salvation is assured, thus we call them the Holy Souls, but they cannot pray for themselves and need our intercession. What’s more, they can assist us with their grateful prayers when we pray for their help.
Continuing our period of ‘firsts’, this was the first All Souls Day we could celebrate in the new Blessed Sacrament Cemetery. Designed in the pattern of a chalice and host overlooking the Holston River, and now with all our deceased finally settled (after quite some moving around), it has become a treasured spot to stop a say a prayer for all our Handmaids who have preceded us into eternity. We had the added privilege of having Father Timothy Sullivan, CSP celebrate Mass for us on All Souls Day and lead us in praying the glorious mysteries of the rosary in the cemetery afterward.