The Communion of Saints

By Deacon Wayland Moncrief

As Catholics, we believe in the Communion of Saints. The Communion of Saints is a spiritual solidarity, that binds together the faithful on earth, the souls in purgatory, the Saints in heaven, and all the Angels, into the organic unity of the mystical Body of Christ.

In the transcendental nature of this spiritual solidarity we are privileged to enjoy a mutual exchange of gifts. Thus, our prayers, merits, indulgences, suffrages, invocations, intercessions, and veneration are united with the entire Heavenly Court. Though it may seem that we suffer in darkness, we are not alone. We are united - united with of our Heavenly Father, with each other, and united in spirit with those we love.

Those in grief often express feelings of a profound and piercing loneliness. They no longer share the physical companionship of their husbands, wives, parents, or children. And in this loneliness, in this intense sorrow, all seems lost. Darkness closes in. Life has lost it's meaning. They have lost their value and purpose and they long for the joy, for the presence, they once held so dear.

And, indeed, from a physical perspective, from a strictly human experience, this seems to be the case. But we are more than physical beings. Our true essence is not physical, but spiritual. We are body and soul. And when our love one dies, their body remains, but their soul ascends to the Throne of God to be perfected in Love.

Jesus said, “I am with you always”1 and “where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them.” 2 Through the Communion of Saints, not only is Jesus with us, but so are our loved ones, our ancestors, and our guardian angels. And, in the Communion of Saints the relationships we have formed continue, not as they were on earth, but in perfect understanding, in perfect forgiveness, and in perfect love. And, as the souls of our loved ones are perfected, as they grow in love, so does our relationship with them, and so do we.

We think as human beings think, not as God does. We see with human eyes, not with Divine eyes. Jesus said, “I am with you always”. If Jesus is with us, then so are His Angels, and so are our loved ones. If we could see with Divine Eyes, we would see the entire Heavenly Court surrounding us, protecting us, caring for us, and guiding us in difficulties and in our sorrow.

Though, in our grief all seems lost, in a short time, in the blink of an eye when compared to eternity, we too will stand before our Lord to be perfected in love, in wisdom, and in charity. So, have faith. Have hope. And, have courage.

Jesus said, “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in My Father and you are in Me and I in you.”3

Jesus said, “I will not leave you orphans”.4 You are not alone. Jesus is with you. The entire heavenly Court is with you. We are with you! So, together, let us see with Divine eyes. Let us join with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Let us join with all the Angels and Saints, Let us join with our brothers and sisters in prayer and faith, and strive to build a community founded in love. Let us recognize and celebrate the love we have received, and the generous gifts of our Father in Heaven.

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