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"The Church does not pray for saints as she does for the dead, who sleep in the Lord, but she commends herself to the prayers of those who pray for them," said St. Augustine in a Sermon. Once a year, at least, Christians, we wonder about the meaning of our life and that of our death and resurrection. It is the day of the commemoration of all the faithful departed.

That is why the death of a beloved being can be a pain so indescribable that even faith cannot appease it. So men have always wanted to worship the dead. The memory, indeed, is like as if the absent ones can be present, perpetuating their life among us. The advantage of believing in it is that it allows us to confide that, in spite of forgetting, we will find them in the other life. Better still: by spotting the cross, suspended between Heaven and Earth, we know that we are establishing a communion between ourselves and our deceased. It is for this reason that St. Francis of Assisi proclaimed gratefully: "Blessed are you, my Lord, for our sister Corporal Death".

The good thief said to Jesus, "Remember me when you come in your kingdom." Jesus answered him, "Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise." Jn 23:43

In communion with all our SMA members ( Priests, Brothers, Laity, benefactors, and all those who take part in the SMA mission work)

GUVVALA Joseph