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All Saints’ Day
On earth, the Church is the beginning of this mystery of communion that unites humanity, a mystery totally centred on Jesus Christ: it is he who introduced this new dynamic to mankind, a movement that leads towards God and at the same time towards unity, towards peace in its deepest sense. Jesus Christ — says the Gospel of John (11:52) — died “to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad”, and his work continues in the Church which is inseparably “one”, “holy” and “catholic”. Being a Christian, being part of the Church means being open to this communion, like a seed that dies in the ground, germinates and sprouts upwards, toward heaven.
The Saints — those proclaimed by the Church and whom we celebrate today and also those known only to God — have lived this dynamic intensely. In each of them, in a very personal way, Christ made himself present, thanks to his Spirit which acts through Scripture and the Sacraments. In fact, being united to Christ, in the Church, does not negate one’s personality, but opens it, transforms it with the power of love, and confers on it, already here on earth, an eternal dimension.
With this faith-filled hope we honour all the Saints, and we prepare to commemorate the faithful departed tomorrow. In the Saints we see the victory of love over selfishness and death: we see that following Christ leads to life, eternal life, and gives meaning to the present, every moment that passes, because it is filled with love and hope. Only faith in eternal life makes us truly love history and the present, but without attachment, with the freedom of the pilgrim, who loves the earth because his heart is set on Heaven.
May the Virgin Mary obtain for us the grace to believe firmly in eternal life and feel ourselves in true communion with our deceased loved ones.
São Bernardo do Campo – SP
Thursday, 1 November 2012
92 years ago, a men, filled with the Holy Spirit, founded a Legion … “to be a sign of Virgin’s maternal love for the world”, and the purpose of the sanctification of its members in the Legion of Mary.
The Irishman Frank Duff founded the Legion of Mary on September 7, 1921, we celebrate today, 92 years of this army in battle array, which backed on faith in Jesus Christ through the Blessed Virgin, glorifies God and serves to Him through prayer and action towards the achievement of the Gospel of the Lord: “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).”
May Mary teach us and lead us, to keep ourselves steadfast in faith and united in one body. Hail Mary!
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