Via Vita, or “The Way of (Christian) Life”, roots our ministry in the life of Our Lord through the movement of the Liturgical Year. Giving ourselves over to the seasons and themes that permeate the Church’s calendar, we seek to unite our ordinary existence to the extraordinary life of Christ.
Prayer for the Month of November: Eternal Rest
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Exercise in Virtue – Courtesy
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.” — St. Paul (Col. 4:6)
“Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed…When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.'” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
Catholic devotion to the deceased is based on the certainty that they are still very much alive. The body dies, but the soul lives on. While lacking sensible contact with us, they are more conscious of us now than ever before. Their intellect is intact, their affections survive and their memory functions with total recall. In some cases their love for us has reached new levels of intensity as they see us through God’s eyes. In other cases their love for God and for us undergoes the further purification of Purgatory. This is why we pray either for the deceased or to the deceased. When we have good reason to believe that they have achieved the face to face union with God, we pray not for them but to them. If, on the other hand, we believe that they may still be in the stage of further spiritual purification, we pray for them as the Church (Christ) encourages us to do. ~ Fr. Antoninus Wall, O.P.