BEYOND THE BORDERS OF DEATH
The celebration of all the deceased was born in Cluny (France) in the tenth century and is always held on November 2.It was created by St. Odilo, abab the Monastery of Cluny, for prayers, not only by laymen as guards dead so far, “for all the dead” was made. Rome adopted this celebration and spread to the whole Church.
“From the beginning, Christians have wished their difundos were the subject of prayers and remembrance of part of the Christian community. Their graves became places of prayer, remembrance and reflection,” as pointed out by the Instruction ‘ “Ad resurgendum cum Christo “on burial and cremation, recently published.
Celebration of All Souls invites us to look at death from a Christian perspective and not fall into the “depths of despair”.Vatican II in the Dogmatic Constitution “Gaudium et Spes” expresses it beautifully: “The biggest enigma of human life is death. Man suffers with pain and the progressive dissolution of the body. But his maximum torment is perpetual fear for the disappearance. … While all imagination fails to death, the Church, chastened by divine Revelation says that man was created by God for a happy destiny lies beyond the borders of the earth ‘smisery. … (GS 18)
Death is the silent throb that makes us burst into everyday life and brings us closer to the most unnoticed clear memory: being children of the earth and pilgrims skyward. And as pointed out by”Ad resurgendum cum Christo”, “The faithful are part of the Church that believes in communion” of those who are pilgrims on earth, of those who are purified after death and those who enjoy the celestial bliss, and that all come together in one Church “(5).