Aladar Korosfoi-Kriesch

All Souls’ Day –1910 Oil on canvas, 51,5 x 72,5 cm

Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

(It is a Hungarian tradition to go to cemeteries to honor the dead)

     Today we remember the faithful souls that have not attained their final eschatological state with God. Countless, nameless souls that need our prayers and spiritual remembrances. This commemoration of All Souls reminds us of our temporality and our own mortality. At the same time it also causes us as faithful Catholic Christians to contemplate the disposition of our souls in the afterlife after human death.
     We are strengthened and reaffirmed in our hope in God’s love and mercy through the Paschal Mystery.
Souls in the state of purgatory are also engaged in the eschatological progression to life with God. Outside of out comprehension of chronological temporality, we do not understand or might not even be able to comprehend the notion of kairotic time, namely God’s notion of time. Because of this incomprehensible notion on the part of human beings, we need to pray for all members of the People of God, those living, those departed and those still to come. One thing for certain is that we through prayer can assist all of these souls in transition on their journey towards oneness with God’s Divine Being.
Please use this day to pray for all of the faithful departed especially those in the purgatorial state as they are refined like a fine metal towards the Presence of God. Please also, pray for those countless souls that have no one living to pray on their behalf. The forgotten souls are souls indeed most in need of our prayer and supplications for God’s mercy and forgiveness.
     The Rosary, of course is a most powerful tool that invokes the intercession of Mary, the Mother of God.
If you get time, pray the rosary today, or even a few decades for the intentions of all of the faithul departed, especially those forgotten, unknown and without living faithful to intercede on their behalf.
May all of the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace. Amen.

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