All Souls’ Day 2014
Lest we forget. In this season of re-membering, we honour all our sisters and brothers who have gone before us. We say their names out loud, we record their names in memorial books – we remember all those dear to us, whose lives are indelibly etched in our memories. We share stories of their lives, cherish their goodness and their human journeys that are intimately linked with ours. With gratitude we remember the countless generations, our parents, grandparents and great grandparents, who have kept our faith alive, at times amidst immense struggles and challenges.
May we treasure this day of universal celebration and find time for personal quiet reflection. Lest we forget. In the northern hemisphere autumn provides a sombre backdrop for All Souls’ Day, with bare trees and fallen leaves reflecting our focus on death and rebirth. During this month of November, let us set aside some time to ponder who we are, why we are here and where we are going. For one day, we too, will be among those who are re-membered.
Lest we forget, let us honour those who have gone before us.
(Sr. Magdalena Vogt, cps – inspired by readings in the November issue of Living With Christ)