Sunday, November 2, 2008
Thoughts for All Souls Day
A CATHOLIC CEMETERY IS:
+ Second only to the church in its nature; it is blessed and reserved for religious purposes only.
+ Blessed and set apart for a very special purpose. It is truly God’s acreage.
+ Like a bridge between heaven and earth. It offers us graphic evidence that the ultimate goal of our earthly lives is to prepare ourselves to go home to God forever.
+ Both a hallowed place of prayer and an eloquent reminder to pray for the departed.
+ A reliquary of the saints just as surely as the catacombs were in the early centuries of the Church. Already in the next world, those buried there have left something of themselves in this world, aside from their memory, love and prayers.
+ A link to our Christian ancestry, for it is as old as the Church while yet as new as today’s burial.
IN SUMMARY, THE CATHOLIC CEMETERY IS FIRST, LAST AND ALWAYS A BLESSED SANCTUARY WHEREIN REST THE FAITHFUL AWAITING THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION INTO LIFE ETERNAL.
- Taken from a memorial in St. Anthony Catholic Church, Farwell, NE.