Saturday 6 November 2010
No.348 - November 2010
Our theme for the year:
“I saw a huge crowd”
It is a great feast of the Church, this huge crowd of all those who went through the great trial, the witness of faith, the gift of life for Christ.
They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb. For the saints recognize Jesus on the cross as Saviour of the world.
He gave his life to draw us from the temptation of bringing death to others. Not only in wars or murders but each time we despise them, that we speak ill of others, that we hurt them or see them as inferior!
Each time we refuse our brotherhood to others, the Gospel of Jesus, who through Mary, became our brother, does not give Peace and Light.
The Church, this huge crowd is this “communion of saints” gathered by the Holy Spirit. Not only the official Saints of the calendar, but the baptized who live their baptism faithfully until death in the communion of Christ.
Jesus died to become through his resurrection the “the first born from among the dead, the first born of a multitude”.
The huge crowd is this people of the baptized which the Resurrection of Jesus starts on the march!
This is why we celebrate the faithful departed on November 2nd, all our dead who have given us a witness of Christian life, of faith and joy, of hope and peace, of charity and sharing.
We present our deceased to the mercy, the forgiveness, the very life of God. We also present to Christ all those who have died without hope in His Resurrection. Another huge and anonymous crowd, that Jesus came to save through His cross and who we present to His Mercy.
Such is our hope: “death has been engulfed by life”, from now on, humanity can pass through death to go towards the Kingdom of God that dries all tears from our eyes.
Yes, God knows our tears; He listens to our prayers and consoles us through one another and through the gentleness of the Spirit of Christ.
Fr. Gilles DANROC o.p.
International Chaplain of the Rosary Teams
Editorial of December 2010
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