The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
(All Souls Day) | November 1/2, 2014
In today’s Gospel we envision a crowd following Jesus, seek- ing him. He invites them to embrace faith in himself and his Father in heaven and share in their eternal life. He comes right out and says that no one who comes will be rejected, reminding us that even those who feel estranged from God
or the Church are welcomed. Good stewards know that ev- eryone can be raised up if they accept the Father’s will, and in turn, use the gifts God has given them to further Christ’s work. This promise gives us hope. The stewardship question
is: Are we true seekers of the Lord? Do we genuinely desire a relationship with Christ? Are we willing to follow him?
An Extraordinary Synod of Bishops is scheduled to take place from
October 5 to 19, 2014,
to address the topic:
The Pastoral Challenges of the
in the Context of Evangelization.
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked us to pray for this extraordinary synod during the month of October. He has composed a number of prayers, including the following
Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod, which we offer as this month’s stewardship prayer for October.
Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love. To you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may the prayerful deliberations of the Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.