Every time we come close to the first and second of November, we should be reminded of our oneness as members of the mystical Body of Jesus Christ – the Church. With Jesus as our head, we are the body – Jesus is the head of the body to which we belong. This is what we profess we believe every time we pray the Apostles’ Creed and say: “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS, the forgiveness of sins…”
Let us be reminded of what the Communion of Saints means for us – the Church as we all know has three states: the Church Militant (we who are still living here on earth), the Church Suffering (the faithful departed who are being purified in purgatory), and the Church Triumphant (the saints in heaven). We have to realize how beautiful this doctrine really is! We are all connected – unlimited by time and space – to one another as one body, as one Church.
The Communion of Saints does not refer only to those who are canonized in heaven. The word “saints” here refer to the baptized, it refers to the people of God and this is a great reminder that we are all together on our journey to be with our God in heaven.
It is interesting how society tends to tell us that we are alone – we came into this world alone (I don’t know what they say about twins) and we will leave this world alone. That is what we normally hear from the secular world and in some ways it promotes individuality and selfishness – “I make my own joy and happiness”.
Let us be reminded that as Christians, this can never be farther from the truth! We have the Church, we are connected to each other, we have Jesus as our head and together with all those who have gone ahead of us, we continue on our journey to heaven. Let us be ever hopeful for truly, as people who believe in Jesus Christ, we can never lose hope.
This month of November, let us be mindful of our communion as saints. Three tasks that I would like us to focus on this month are: first, let us pray for each other that we may continue to persevere on our journey to heaven.
Second, let us pray for our brothers and sisters who are in the process of being purified in purgatory. And third, let us ask for our brothers and sisters who are already in heaven to intercede for us so that one day we too will have the crown of righteousness awarded to us by our God and say what St. Paul said: “I have competed well… I have finished the race… I have kept the faith.”