As we celebrate All Souls Day, we remember those who have died with love.
Together the living form with the dead one community of memory and hope, a holy people touched with the fire of the Spirit, summoned to go forth as companions bringing the face of divine compassion into everyday life and the great struggles of history, wrestling with evil, and delighting even now when fragments of justice, peace, and healing gain however small a foothold. When they are seen together with the whole natural world as a dynamic, sacred community of the most amazing richness and complexity, then the symbol of the communion of saints reaches its fullness as a symbol of effective presence and action of Holy Wisdom herself. ~Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ
from an article: November 1999 issue of U.S. Catholic magazine (Vol. 64, No. 11, pg. 12-18).
Here are some words of peace from Pope Francis to consider today:
“Forgiveness, dialogue, reconciliation — these are the words of peace, in beloved Syria, in the Middle East, in all the world! Let us pray for reconciliation and peace, let us work for reconciliation and peace, and let us all become, in every place, men and women of reconciliation and peace! Amen.” ~Pope Francis, homily, September 7, 2014
God of abundant mercy, come to the aid of all refugees and immigrants in our world. Protect them from violence and harm. May all nations and peoples be inspired to greet them with dignity and compassion, for they are the Dear Neighbor to be served and loved without distinction. Help each of us search for ways to reach out to these suffering and desperate people. May we always be mindful that in unity with you, we are all one body, though many parts. We ask this in the name of Jesus, your son and the Holy Spirit who dwells with you for ever.
“The life of the spirit is not dissociated from the body or from nature or from worldly realities, but lived in and with them, in communion with all that surrounds us.”
~Pope Francis – Laudato Si, art. 216
May we all pray and act to care for the earth, striving always to be in communion with creation.
Prayer for those looking for work.
O Saint Joseph, you are the patron of workers. We pray to you for people looking for work. Help those who in need to find employment so that they may earn a wage worthy of their efforts. May they use their energy and talent in the service of their brothers and sisters.
You are the patron of families. We pray asking your help for those with children to feed and educate. May they have the necessary resources to care for those entrusted to them.
Dear St. Joseph, have pity on our brothers and sisters held in poverty because of illness or social disorder. May each person have the joy of contributing, according to his or her ability, to the common prosperity by earning a living. Inspire governments, business leaders and all those responsible for initiatives and just solutions to work for the benefit of all. Help us profit together from the abundant blessings that God has given us. Help us assist countries less fortunate than our own.
Prayer found at the statue of St. Joseph in the cathedral in Le Puy, France.
Translated and adapted by Sr. Kate Filla