Welcome to the month of All Saints and All Souls! St. Francis de Sales had a conviction that we are called to be saints by simply being faithful to our daily state in life, by “doing the ordinary, extraordinarily well” by wishing to be no one other than “who we are and to be that well.” In short, this is devotion, doing the will of God faithfully, promptly, lovingly, and frequently. While the virtues certainly help us to lead this devout life, Francis cautions us to practice and prefer those that most clearly conform to our state in life. In this, we become saints. He encourages us to pray for our beloved deceased who are souls on their way to sainthood. A famous Biblical saying is that “it is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead" (2 Macc 12:46). Indeed we should for it is on their shoulders we stand. We give thanks to them for their love, life, and example.
November also reminds us in a special way of our need to give thanks, to be grateful for the generous gifts God has given us, not just on Thanksgiving Day but every day. Who is our poor neighbor in need of our gifts?
We close out our Year of Faith on Sunday evening, Nov. 24 @ 8:00 p.m. celebrating Mass with Bishop Barres in Connelly Chapel. All are welcome! Please look on our website for our online offerings for Advent 2013!
Fr. Thomas Dailey, OSFS
Salesian Online Courses for Advent
Tuesdays with Francis
Inculturation Follow-Up (2 events)
"A specific priority is the need to examine the predominant values and norms of modern society and culture in a Christian perspective, and the responsibility to try to communicate to society those ethical and religious principles which give full meaning to human life."
- Pope John Paul II
Ex corde Ecclesiae #33