November is here upon us and as we are all thinking about our family gatherings, travels plans, our turkey stuffing and pumpkin pie, we will also be making time to visit and pray for our loved ones.

November is the month of Remembrance and Thanksgiving.

The month begins with All Saints’ Day celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, all those who have gotten to heaven. November 2 is All Souls’ Day, dedicated to those who have died and not yet reached heaven.

Our Catholic Faith teaches us to cherish the memory of our deceased. It urges us to connect in prayer, especially at Mass, with the souls of those we loved while they walked this Earth. We are reminded that life is changed, not ended. The prayers offered for our departed includes pleas for mercy for the soul of our loved ones and that the Lord grants our loved ones to rest in peace awaiting the resurrection.

“The holy souls are eager for the prayers of the faithful which can gain indulgences for them. Their intercession is powerful. Pray unceasingly. We must empty Purgatory!” — St. Padre Pio.

Let us not forget that for us here in America, it is within November where Thanksgiving falls, a day for reflecting upon family and our ancestors, and upon the settlement of our nation, but also reflecting upon God’s wisdom.

Reminding yourself what you have to be thankful for and recording your thankfulness each day helps to cement how thankful you are. It doesn’t matter how difficult your life is at the moment, there is always something to be thankful for. Finding that will help you deal with the other parts of life. Record 3-5 things you’re thankful for at the end of every day. When you’re having a particularly difficult time, it can be beneficial to go back to what you’ve written previously.

Be Kind, Be Thoughtful, Be Genuine, but most of all be Thankful !

Elena Poles 11/2017