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The stories of our dear departed keep them with us

By Father Steve Porter, STL

 Loving our loved ones once they’ve moved on ... As Catholics we very firmly believe that death is not the end, that there is hope, and that that hope lies in Jesus Christ, and only in him—he is the resurrection, and the life. Eat and drink, as he commands us, and we shall live forever—that’s the promise he made, and I believe it! Our faith says that our loved ones are with God, yet our heart says, “ouch,” our loved ones are not with us ... anymore.

A reflection for October – the Month of the Holy Rosary

By Sister Jeremy Gallet, SP

 “All right. Let the dishes drain. It’s time for the Rosary.” 

 Every evening after supper from the time I was about five years old until I was in high school this is what I heard. Then, as a family, we went into our parents’ room, knelt down by the side of the double bed and prayed the Rosary. No phone calls, no radio or TV, but 15 or 20 minutes of focused family prayer. I quickly memorized all the prayers in the Rosary Novena book that my mother had and, when I was old enough, I was very proud that she let me read some of the introductions to the individual decades.