...But the dead made their own demands impossible to refuse. So writes Kamila Shamsie in her novel Home Fire. How could it be otherwise? For better or worse we are marked by the lives of those who have died and gone before us on the journey of life and faith. Parents, grandparents, children, family and friends. They are all part of who we are, what has made us, shaped us.
In November we pray for those who have died and are still in need of our prayers. We all die with unfinished business. There are those who have sinned against us. We may still find it hard to forgive them - even as we come to have some insight into the reasons in their own lives that help us understand their own limitations.
In our prayers and Masses in November we pray particularly for those who, though dead to this world, may have unfinished business with us and God.
We call that process purgatory.
We pray that they, and we, may have eternal rest and peace.
Mgr Jim Curry