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Rain and Remembrance

Prioress, Sister Beverly Raway shares a special message and video for the month of November. November is the month of Holy Souls in Purgatory and begins with All Saints Day and All Souls Day. (Turn up your speaker volume for the video)

Rain and Remembrance:

On a foggy, rainy afternoon, I walked up to our cemetery anticipating the calming, quieting experience that soothes my soul. Even with a few shouts from the soccer field, I was not disappointed. Rain drops falling from the trees and the blanketing mist provided a comforting sound and atmosphere that I recorded as I panned the monuments marking the place of rest of our elders. I noticed, as I have before, the smooth single stones placed at the base of each marker. They appeared gradually, beginning with the oldest in 1894, and now can be seen on about a third of the graves. I ponder the giver, the meaning, and intention and assume they were placed as a prayer to say, you are not forgotten.

The mist, hovering between earth and sky, reminded me that there is a thin veil between our loved ones and us, uniting us in the communion of Saints. And in November, the month of remembering, I am reminded that though these beloved ones have gone on ahead, their spirits linger with us and live through us penetrating as the refreshing mist I breathed that day remembering them in the rain.

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