Unlike the Feast of All Saints, the Feast of All Souls is when we remember all the faithful departed, who have died in a state of grace, including those who have not yet attained sainthood.
“The Church in heaven is All Saints,” explains the English priest and writer Ronald Knox. “The Church in purgatory is All Souls. The Church on earth is all sorts.”
One of my favorite things to read during my personal prayer time is Magnificat. It’s a subscription where every month I receive a little booklet with the daily readings, reflections on those readings from different holy people, prayers, and different Saints of the Day.
For a time, I have become the primary caregiver of my three young grandsons while their parents attend to their newborn who needs specialized care in an out-of-state hospital.
Being a full-time youth minister during the summer can be exhausting. There are conferences and mission trips to coordinate, coffee dates to schedule, the upcoming year to plan, etc. I’ve noticed in past summers that my prayer life can go out the window. Zip. Gone.