All Souls Day follows All Saints, both of which were last weekend, not this. However, as I mentioned in my previous post, we keep an octave, celebrating the same event daily for a full week. Eight days, actually. Anyway, I couldn’t let the octave close without acknowledging Suzanne’s amazing effort to have our chapel reflect our lives. We indeed remembered those many people who have touched our lives and are now “in the greater presence of God”, as one dear friend used to put it. Daily we read a long list of associates, family, friends and many little known to us who asked for our prayers as they moved toward death.
The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradition includes creating an altar for loved ones who have died. It is decorated with bright colors, photographs, mementos, candles and food. We began doing this last year, and have found it a moving process to create and one that, oddly, enlivens our worship during this week of remembrance.
May all your memories deepen your connection to history and guide you on your way.