Commemoration of All the Departed
Who Militated Under the Rule of Saint Benedict
Psalm 63, 1, 2–3, 4–5, 7–8 (R. 1b
Gospel: John 12:23–28
Members of the Family Even in Death
We saw yesterday that each of the great Orders of the Church has its own festival of All Saints; the same is true of the Commemoration of the Departed. The Augustinians remember all their dead on November 14th, the Dominicans on November 8th, the Franciscans on November 24th, the Carmelites on November 15th, the Jesuits on November 6th, and the Benedictines and Cistercians on November 14th.
The departed remain members of the monastic family in which they were consecrated to God. Those who are still in the purifying fire of God’s just and merciful love rely on our help. They cannot pray for themselves because their time of being able to merit has forever passed, but they are not without gratitude towards those who pray for them.
In ages past one of the principal motives for entering a monastery or for becoming an Oblate was to learn the