During the month of November Catholics traditionally remember the dead. We do this not in any morbid of fearful way but rather in a spirit of hope and joy. We pray for those who have gone before us and are now in purgatory awaiting entrance to the presence of God. We do not think, as the world seems to, that the dead are ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Rather they are still in communion with us and we can help them with our prayers.
Down through the ages Catholics have prayed for the dead, most especially at Mass. There, at the re-presentation of the sacrifice of Calvary, we know that the power of the death and resurrection of Jesus is most potent. At the Mass we proclaim most confidently that death is not an end but a beginning and that those who have gone before us are still part of the Body of Christ.
Our modern culture is very uneasy with death. So much advertising is based on the lie that we will not die or age. The truth is of course the opposite. But we are confident in the face of death because Jesus has traced the path to the grave ahead of us and triumphed in his resurrection. It is vital that we show the world our faith. In November we can do that by simply praying for dead, knowing that our prayers will help and aid.