On the 1st and 2nd November, the Church celebrates our belief in the Communion of Saints.
Communion can have various meanings. In this context, it means a union, a fellowship that leads to sharing and communication.
The 1st of November is All Saints’ Day, dedicated to the saints of the Church, those who the Church declared that are in heaven, because through their intercession, miracles happened: people who were cured from diseases or medical conditions that doctors and medicine could not cure.
The 2nd of November is All Souls’ Day, dedicated to those who have died and are still waiting to enter the Beatific Vision of God.
The Communion of Saints also includes all those who are baptised, that means all of us! While we are still alive we are part of this fellowship, because we are “saints in training,” we are “saints in progress.”
The Communion of Saints comes together in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Pope Francis says that we are called to be saints because everyone is called to holiness.
He says that “a door is opened on the road to sainthood” wherever we may be : at home, on the street, at work, at school, at church.
We can do this by living as Christian witnesses in our daily lives, by “living with love.”