This is a guest post by Fr. Eric Werts.
Recently we celebrated All Saints. I love this feast. It provides a time to remember all who have gone before us to be with God, and all our brothers and sisters with whom we are sharing the journey to find our way to God.
We know of many of those who have gone before. We have learned much from some of them through their writing, especially those who told us about their prayer and the development of their relationships with God. We have learned of the holiness and good works of others through biographies. We have even read writings that were taken from oral tradition and include myths. All of these teach us and inspire us. Even the myths contain examples of dedicated lives, trust in God, and wisdom.
We honor (not worship) the saints who have gone before us. We thank God for them. We rejoice in their lives and that they are with God. We pray to them. Our prayer is the same request we make to the saints we are currently journeying with, “Pray for us.”
I am not sure if the Church intends All Saints to celebrate those who still journey with us, but for the purpose of this reflection I accept that we and our brothers and sisters who have gone before us together make up the communion of saints. We pray for the saints sharing our journey and we must ask them for prayers for us. We offer comfort, support, and help to our brothers and sisters here with us. Just we ask prayer of those gone before, we must never be reluctant to ask prayer, comfort, support, and help of those who are journeying with us. We also seek wisdom and example from our brothers and sisters currently with us, especially from those who teach, preach, and write.
Our primary companion during this journey is God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. However, isn’t it wonderful that we journey with the communion of saints? Be inspired by reading the writings of the saints and the biographies of the saints. Remember to reach out to the whole communion of saints for prayer and support. Remember to reach out in help to the saints currently with us. Remember to thank God for each member of the communion of saints.