Yesterday was the Feast of All Souls, and our parish has for some years now celebrated Mass on this Feast to commemorate parishioners who died in the past year. Their families are invited and the names of the deceased are printed on a special program for the Mass. Before Mass a family member is asked to light a large votive candle on a table near the altar steps. After the Homily there is a time for remembrance and as each name is spoken from the ambo, the pastor standing at the foot of the altar gives a while rose to a family member.
This is a long introduction to the title of this thread but let me explain why I was thinking especially of Mary our Mother after this Mass, in a way slightly different from other times. This past year four Auxiliary Members of our parish’s Legion of Mary Praesidium passed away: two women and two men. Each of them had a fervent love for Mary, and I knew that Mary is always interceding for all her children so if they were not there in heaven with her, I felt they must be very close.
I continued to think of Mary during the day, also, because it was the First Saturday of November and I wanted to “keep her company” as she had requested of Sr. Lucia. Perhaps you remember the apparition of 1925 and Lucia’s words describing it:
…“Look, My daughter at My Heart surrounded by thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, try to console Me and announce in My Name that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep Me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary with the intention of making reparation to Me.”
What a Mother Mary is! How she longs to bring her children closer to God, and yet how many return her love? She asks us to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary so we may learn how much God loves us and to see how He worked not only marvels in her life but He sent His Son Who suffered, died, rose and ascended into heaven that we might see Him work marvels in our lives as well. How many are in Purgatory being purified from imperfections they might have been purified from here on earth, had they only listened to Jesus and Mary, prayed, and learned to live in His Love.
Mary, Refuge of sinners, pray for us, and for all the souls in Purgatory.