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All Souls – obtaining the wedding garment

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  • Description: Yesterday the Church around the world is celebrated the feast of all saints. That is all of those men and women who throughout the ages were faithful to Christ. Those who overcame enemies of our salvation; the world, the flesh and the devil. They, rank upon rank are finally in the Father’s house. But there are still others on their way, those who have left us, but are still on their way. They also like us have struggled against the enemies of our souls, and they have fallen, they have been wounded. God who is merciful and desires the salvation of all, wishes to crown His gifts in them, in their efforts in cooperating with those gifts. This place of purification, where what remains of sin is purged away, is what we celebrate today, those souls who linger in purgatory. They themselves are glad to be there, the alternative is too terrible to contemplate. They know that their Father’s house is open for them. They still lack the wedding garment, they still have to be purged of their attachment to sin. A condition all of us know so well. And so in these fires of purification they linger, they have hope. They recognise that they are satisfying divine justice. They are unable to help themselves, so we pray for them on this side. We of course hope that our journey to the Father’s house, even though we need to pass their way, we hope that our stay there will be short… For Fr. Linus’ complete homily please listen to the Audio.

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