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ALL SOULS' DAY

This year, the Catholic community experienced so many deaths in various circumstances. The memory is still fresh as ever. I can still vividly picture those moments when I stand at altars in funeral masses and graves at burial services. Words fail. Many, if not all, are still mourning for the loss which might take decades, even a lifetime to get over and come to terms with it. As a pastor, I enter into people’s deepest moments in life. I join with grieving families, relatives and friends to gravesites and offer words of consolation and sympathy about the unspeakable pain of loss, the upsetting reality of death and hope for the resurrection. This experience led me to the memorial mass in honor of the deceased on Friday evening (Nov. 1) and the Calvary cemetery mass Saturday morning (Nov. 2) for a solemn ritual to console bereaved families and one another, express our deep sorrows, allow ourselves to grieve, mourn, weep and shed tears, and provide support to the burden of grief we carry. We can’t hide our inner turmoil. Suffering loss through death is visible in our facial expression. As we commemorate the faithful departed, may our remembrances be a grace-filled moment.  

Today is a special day to honor the dead. Even though, they’ve already gone before us, for many of us, they still belong to this world. They remain present in our memories. We communicate with them in so many ways. We visit their graves, spend time with them and recite a prayer or two. We bring flowers, offer mass intentions and decorate their graves to show how much we care and love them. How many of us still shed tears every time we glance at the life-size framed picture hung/mounted on the wall in the living room? Cemetery is an eternal neighborhood, a home for many of us, a place where we come together. Amen. 

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