Lay Order

November Message

Dear Members of the Lay Order,

During this month we remember the souls of the faithful departed. Many of our relatives and friends have passed from this life to eternal life. Our ties of love to them are not broken because our faith tells us that “God is a God of the living; all are alive for Him.” (cf. Luke 20: 38) Even after the body dies, the soul lives on. The Church teaches that after death there is a particular judgment for each person. Once judged the person enters into one of three states, heaven, hell, or purgatory.

The Catechism explains that “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.” (CCC #1030-1031)

We might wonder what frame of mind our relatives and friends in Purgatory have as they experience this purification. Are they regretful or resentful of this painful purification? According to St. Thomas Aquinas and other saints who have written about the Holy Souls, they willingly and even joyfully accept whatever pains are necessary because they know with certainty that they will enter heavenly glory. They are aware that God’s justice requires this purification and they are perfectly conformed to God’s will. Therefore, they willingly suffer the pains of Purgatory.

Since the earliest days of the Church prayers have been offered for the souls of the departed because we believe that our prayers, especially the Mass, are effective in relieving the sufferings of the holy souls and in releasing them for their departure to the eternal bliss of heaven. Remember to pray for the Holy Souls. They will always be grateful for your prayers and will not forget you when they achieve their goal.

Sincerely in Ss. Augustine and Norbert,

Fr. Hildebrand Garceau, O. Praem.

“Before all else, dear brothers, love God and then your neighbor, because these are the chief commandments given to us”

(Rule of St. Augustine)

Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 13 — Feast of all Norbertine Saints

Sunday, November 21 — Monthly Lay Order meeting
2:00 p.m. – Meeting of new candidates and those in formation (not professed)
3:00 p.m. – Meeting of professed members

Sunday, December 19 — Monthly Lay Order meeting
2:00 p.m. – Postulants and Novices
3:00 p.m. – Professed Members

Prayer Requests

For Justin Cunanan who is suffering from Covid

For continued improvement of health of Ron Kuhn

For information or if you have questions, please email LayOrder@StMichaelsAbbey.com