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On November 2 - Commemoration of the Departed Faithful

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The Church links its contemplation of those who have already attained God’s glory with its remembrance of those who have gone before us. These two recurrences are intimately linked to each other, just as joy and tears find a synthesis in Jesus Christ, who is the foundation of our faith and our hope.

Since the early days of the Christian faith, the earthly Church, recognizing the communion of the whole mystical body of Jesus Christ, has honoured with deep respect the memory of the dead, she offers suffrage for them. Our prayer for the dead is therefore not only useful but necessary, as it can not only help them, but also make their intercession for us effective (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 958).

Remembering the dead, caring for their graves and prayers of suffrage, are the testimony of confident hope, rooted in the certainty that death does not have the last word on human existence, for man is destined to a life without limits, which has its roots and its fulfillment in God

In a passage from the 20th Volume, November 3, 1926 Jesus teaches Luisa the best way to offer suffrage to our beloved dead.

The more the souls who have passed to the next life have been submitted to the Divine Will, and the more acts they have done in It, the more paths they have formed for themselves in order to receive suffrages from the earth. So, the more they have accomplished the Divine Will, there is no path formed by them which does not bring, to some a relief, to some a prayer, to some a diminution of pains. The suffrages walk within these royal paths of the Divine Will, to bring to each one the merit, the fruit and the capital which one has formed for oneself in the Divine Will… And one who has recognized the Divine Will and has submitted to It, not in everything and always, but in great part, has formed for himself so many paths and receives so much, that Purgatory sends him quickly to Heaven.

Just as the purging souls had to form their paths to be able to receive suffrages, in the same way, the living, in order to send suffrages, must accomplish the Divine Will in order to form their paths, so as to make their suffrages ascend into Purgatory. If they make suffrages, but they are far away from the Divine Will, since the communication with God’s  Will is missing, which alone unites and binds everyone, their suffrages will not find the way in order to ascend, the feet to be able to walk, the strength in order to give relief. They will be suffrages without life, because the true life of the Divine Will is missing, which alone has the virtue of giving life to all goods. The more the soul possesses of the Divine Will, the more value her prayers, her works, her pains, contain; and so she can bring more relief to those blessed souls.


I am risen and I am with you always and My hand supports you.

Wherever you may fall, you will fall into My hands

and I will be there even to the gates of death.

Where no one can accompany you any longer

and where you can take nothing with you,

 there I will wait for you to transform for you the darkness into Light

                                                                                    (Pope Benedict XVI)


Antonella Bucci
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