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Pope’s Intentions for November

1 Nov

Following are the Intentions of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI for the month of November, courtesy of the Apostleship of Prayer:

  • Ministers of the Gospel.  That bishops, priests, and all ministers of the Gospel may bear the courageous witness of fidelity to the crucified and risen Lord.
  • Pilgrim Church.  That the pilgrim Church on earth may shine as a light to the nations.

The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Church commemorates all her faithful children who have departed from this life, but have not yet attained the joys of heaven. The Church has always taught us to pray for those who have gone before us into eternity. Even in the Old Testament prayers and alms were offered for the souls of the dead, as it was considered the “holy and pious” thing to do (2 Mac. 12:45)  We know that a defiled soul cannot enter into heaven.

November is a rich month liturgically. It marks the end of ordinary time and the beginning of Advent. It begins today with the solemnity of All Saints followed by All Souls’ Day. The remainder of the month contains the feast days of many popular saints as well as the great feast of Christ the King. The Church in the United States also sees the secular holiday of Thanksgiving as a time for all of us to thank God for the rich blessings he has bestowed upon us.