November is a time for true thanksgiving. One of the truths of our Catholic faith that I have been thankfully reflecting on this month is the communion of saints.
I was inspired by the words of Fr. Simon Tugwell, O.P. in the Magnificat.
“In our prayer and in all Christian life, we should let ourselves be helped and sustained and encouraged by the “ministering angels” who lift up our prayers to God.”
“Even in this valley of tears, we can already begin to live off the wealth of heaven; we are surrounded and supported by a great cloud of witnesses, and so can undertake to run our course with endurance and without losing heart. And even if we do lose heart, they do not lose heart, even if we are overcome by terror, they are not overcome by terror, even if we are broken by grief, they are not broken by grief; and we are one with them in Christ, members of one another.”