Friday, November 1, 2013

All Saints Day

 “Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.”
(1 John 3:1)
Today St. John the Evangelist reminds us that we were created by God out of his great love for us, and that we belong to him. Thus, whether we believe in God or not, we are His. If we wish to be perfectly happy, we have to live in union with God because that is the ultimate goal and the sole purpose of our existence. God is the fulfillment of our happiness. As we hope to be united with all the saints whose feast we celebrate today, let us strive to enter the narrow gate and to purify our heart so that we may see God face to face, as Jesus said, “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God”(Matt. 5:8).  The narrow path to holiness may be difficult but not impossible, for St. John tells us that we are God’s children and everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.
As we adore you, O God, who alone are holy and wonderful in all your Saint, we implore your grace, so that, coming to perfect holiness in the fullness of your love, we may pass from this pilgrim table to the banquet of our heavenly homeland. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. (From the prayer after Communion).


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