What do you think of when you hear the words "Communion of Saints"? Perhaps your mind immediately flies to one of the many saints in heaven, and you think, "I could never be that." Does it surprise you to find out that you are part of the Communion of Saints?
What is the Communion of Saints?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines the Communion of Saints as "the unity in Christ of all the redeemed, those on earth and those who have died". The Communion of Saints, thus, includes all members of the Church in Heaven, on Earth, and in Purgatory. The month of November makes this Communion especially tangible with the celebrations of All Saints (November 1st) and All Souls Day (November 2nd). Throughout November, and especially on these two feasts, we pray for the intercession of those in Heaven and offer our prayers for those in Purgatory, while remembering that we are destined for eternal life with God some day in Heaven.
You Are Part of the Communion of Saints
Take extra time this month of November to reflect on this Communion of Saints of which we are all a part. Seek the intercession of the saints in Heaven; pray for the souls in Purgatory, and especially for any deceased loved ones. Finally, remember that you are destined for eternal life with God in Heaven. You are part of the Communion of Saints.
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