44 days till CHRISTmas,
and 19 days till the beginning of the ADVENT season
“HO, HO , HO-ly God, We Praise Thy Name!”
Humor of the Day:
God grades on the cross, not the curve.
From the Apostles Creed, (continued):
“… THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS …”
The Church founded by Christ has three levels of existence: The Church Militant on earth, the Church Suffering in purgatory, and the Church Triumphant in heaven. After the last day, with Jesus’ return, there will be only the Church Triumphant in heaven.
It is understood that there is communication among these three levels of the Mystical Body. Those on earth invoke the saints in heaven; and pray for the souls in purgatory. There is no need to pray FOR the souls in heaven; they are already in God’s grace. Those in heaven pray for the Church Militant (us, on earth) for obtaining graces: and the Church Suffering (in purgatory) for the alleviation of suffering for the poor souls there. Those in purgatory (the Church Suffering) can invoke the saints, for intersetion,: and pray for us, struggling in the world with trials of the flesh, and the evil spirit.
We might then, describe the Communion of Saints as the unity and cooperation of the whole Church. Together, we all form one Mystical Body. We share our merits and prayers with one another for the greater glory of God, and the up building of Christ’s Body which is His Church.
Information from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #10:
Unite themselves to the redemptive obedience of Jesus, who placed His will into the Father’s hands, let them faithfully fulfill the duties proper to their various circumstances of life. Let them also follow the poor and crucified Christ, witness to Him even in difficulties and persecutions.