Walk­ing with Christ you don’t walk alone

The Riverine Herald - - CROSSROADS - Des Wel­lad­sen

CHRIS­TIAN tra­di­tion has con­stantly kept the month of Novem­ber as a time when we par­tic­u­larly re­mem­ber those who have gone be­fore us.

On the first day of the month there are spe­cial cel­e­bra­tions hon­our­ing those in our Church his­tory who have lived amaz­ing lives of selflessness and ded­i­ca­tion to those around them .e.g. Fran­cis of As­sisi, Mother Teresa or Wil­ge­for­tis, the bearded woman.

On the sec­ond day of Novem­ber we par­tic­u­larly call to mind our own loved ones who have de­parted.

We thank God for their per­sonal place in our life jour­ney, for their in­spi­ra­tion, en­cour­age­ment and love.

As a com­mu­nity we also pray they are at peace and at home with God and their fam­i­lies and friends.

These are what some Chris­tian cul­tures call “thin days” or “a deep time” when past, present and fu­ture come to­gether as one.

A tra­di­tion which re­calls that an­ces­tors con­tinue to play a part in us and through us; that there is a cor­po­ral no­tion of the hu­man per­son and, as we walk the path­way of faith through the life, death and res­ur­rec­tion of

Christ we’re re­minded that we don’t travel alone, or as the Fran­cis­can author Richard Rohr teaches “your good­ness or bad­ness isn’t just your own”.

He goes on to stress that many na­tive tribes were and still are very aware of the “thin days” and “deep time”, and our dis­cov­ery of the im­por­tance of DNA has shown the re­al­ity of their ob­ser­vances.

Mex­ico an­nu­ally hon­ours Des Wel­lad­sen St Mary’s Catholic Church

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