[Were she still alive, my oldest sister would have turned 60 today. She was bright, articulate, caring and supportive. I miss her still. For Roman Catholics November is a time we remember and pray for our friends and family who have died. We also pray for those who have no one to pray for them in the faith and hope that our prayers help in the journey from this life to eternal lifer.]
And so the Autumn makes itself known to us in so many ways;
the trees shedding their leaves;
the multicoloured dead leaves that lie on our pathways,
the shorter days and the longer evenings,
light gives way to shadow and darkness
and thus we are reminded, and indeed remember,
our loved ones who have died.
November is a month with its own energy;
it instils in us the gift of remembering those who have gone before us;
those who are now, as we say in Irish, on the sli na firinne (the way of truth).
We remember them and honour their memory,
we give thanks for them and their legacies that they have left us;
perhaps the legacy of integrity, simplicity, peace, and above all,
their faith; faith in God and their faith in broken humanity;
their understanding from the depth of their being.
We give thanks and honour their memory and we recall in the hymn
‘For all the Saints who from their labours rest!’
These people whose souls watch over and protect us.
In this month of November let us
honour their memory with gratitude and
allow their spirits to go free so that
we can receive from them in abundance.
May their generous souls Rest In Peace.
— Frank Downes, OP