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Novena for the Holy Souls: Day 7


AP Photo I Shakil Adil)

Pakistani Christians lay rose petals and light candles on the grave of a family member on All Souls' Day in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. The day honors the dead as friends and families gather in cemeteries to decorate graves of loved ones with candles and flowers and offer prayers. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 10/30/21

Remembrance helps us understand that we are not alone ...

Today is a day to commemorate the past, a day to remember those who have walked before us, who have also accompanied us, have given us life. To remember, to commemorate. Remembrance is what makes a people strong, because it feels rooted in a journey, rooted in a history, rooted in a people. Remembrance helps us understand that we are not alone, we are a people: a people with a history, with a past, with a life. Remembering so many who have shared a journey with us, and they are here [indicating the surrounding tombs]. It is not easy to remember. We often struggle to turn our thoughts back to what has happened in my life, in my family, in my people…. But today is a day of remembrance, the remembrance that takes us to the roots: to my roots, to the roots of my people.

~ Pope Francis, November 2, 2018


O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, my Mother, I turn to you in supplication and by that sword which pierced your sorrowful heart at beholding your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, suffer on the cross, I pray and ask thee to help the holy souls in Purgatory.

O Eternal Father through the most Precious Blood of Jesus and through the Sorrows of Mary have pity upon the holy souls in purgatory. Amen.

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