Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
Posted by prepareformass on October 26, 2008
The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed – All Souls
We were made for God, by God, and to be with God. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son so that we might not perish but have eternal life. Our purpose in life is to be happy with the God who made us in heaven. Those who have arrived at this state of pure happiness are saints. One thing is for certain whether you choose to believe in God or not. We will all die. Will we cease to exist? Will our souls continue to live after our bodies have decayed? The truth as revealed by Christian tradition is that a person is made up of body and soul. The body remains in the grave but the soul continues on. In baptism we died with Christ and we hope to share someday in his resurrection.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
1023 Those who die in God’s grace and friendship and are perfectly purified live for ever with Christ. They are like God for ever, for they “see him as he is,” face to face: By virtue of our apostolic authority, we define the following: According to the general disposition of God, the souls of all the saints . . . and other faithful who died after receiving Christ’s holy Baptism (provided they were not in need of purification when they died, . . . or, if they then did need or will need some purification, when they have been purified after death, . . .) already before they take up their bodies again and before the general judgment – and this since the Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into heaven – have been, are and will be in heaven, in the heavenly Kingdom and celestial paradise with Christ, joined to the company of the holy angels. Since the Passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, these souls have seen and do see the divine essence with an intuitive vision, and even face to face, without the mediation of any creature.
1030 All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.
1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire: As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.
May the divine assistance remain always with us and may the souls of the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
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