Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself. In the time of their visitation they shall shine, and shall dart about as sparks through stubble; they shall judge nations and rule over peoples, and the LORD shall be their King forever.

We are proved each and every day of our lives. Either we remain pure and virtuous or we become impure and sinful. Our choices determine whether we are worthy of becoming an offering to God or if we need more refinement in the fires our daily trials. If we do good and avoid evil, we shine for all the world to see and set the world on fire with love and mercy. If we do evil and avoid good, then we become blind and may even lead others into the darkness of sin. God judges us on how we think, speak, and act, holding us accountable for what we do, but also willing to forgive and forget if we are willing to admit our faults and do penance. 

Do we prove our faith, hope, and love each and every day? What can we do to remain pure and virtuous? How can we be a light for the whole world, leading others to God?

O Lord, prove us in the fires of your love and mercy.


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