Order of Friars Minor Franciscans of Canada

We Bless You

We Bless You

 

The month of November begins with the great feast of All Saints Day on November 1. It is a great solemnity and one of my most favorite celebrations of the Church Year. Not only do we remember and celebrate the Saints that we all know, we also remember and celebrate the Saints known only to us. As the calendar year and Church year come to a close, reflecting on the lives of the Saints is a good thing. They always point us to Christ and remind us that our final home is no here but wrapped up in the love of God. They also challenge us to live our lives focused on the greater good of all, rooted in Christ, generous in service, open to the the Holy Spirit and to be humble and also grateful for all that we have. Saints of God pray for us!

 

To those men, women and children

who trust deeply,

who see beyond today,

who live authentic lives

rooted in Christ for today and tomorrow…

we bless you.

 

To those men, women and children

who have walked the valley,

who have carried the cross,

who have lived generously

rooted in Christ then and now…

we bless you.

 

To those men, women and children

who are known only to us,

who are known only to God,

who are known only by name

rooted in Christ always…

we bless you.

 

To those men, women and children

who are declared holy,

who are recognized by deeds,

who are witnesses to the gospel

rooted in Christ to show us the way…

we bless you.

 

To those men, women and children

who are Saints of God,

who radiate our Savior, 

who celebrated and celebrate life

rooted in Christ…

we bless you.

 

As the days of November draw on may we find a little time to spend with the Saints and remember that we too are Saints building the kingdom today, tomorrow and always. 

Yes indeed… Saints of God… pray for us!