Today is the commemoration of all the faithful departed, commonly called “All Souls’ Day”. Surely there is a day for us all to leave this world. As Christians, death is the transit point where we enter eternal life. We are called to live this life as a preparation to enter into our eternal abode. We often forget and live as if we can be here forever. We need to prepare by feeding the hungry, giving a drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, visiting the imprisoned and carrying out the corporal works of mercy. The saints who have gone before us, such as St. Teresa of Calcutta are shining examples. When we visit the homes, orphanages and schools founded by her congregation – Missionaries of Charity – we are inspired. Once when she was challenged by a critic as to how she was going to help thousands in Calcutta by herself alone, her response was “any great number has to start with one”. Isn’t this the attitude we need to have? Let us do our best for the poor and the suffering. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
Prayer: Abba Father, give me the grace to make myself available to do you will. Amen.