Communion of Saints, Community of Life

Communion of Saints, Community of Life

It is through our prayer, our awareness of God-with-us, that we come to know this communion with the entire people of God. It is in this awareness that we can say with St. Paul, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.” –Romans 8:38-39

The Feast of All Saints on November 1 and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (commonly known as All Souls Day) on November 2 remind us of what St. Paul says.

As our lives become less predictable and the future seems less certain, my sisters and I remember that our hope lies in God’s love, which we know more deeply through the Communion of Saints. And what better way to live into that hope than to join our prayer with yours as we move towards these celebrations at the beginning of November. Therefore, throughout October, we will focus our prayers on your intentions as sharers with us in the Communion of Saints. We continue to pray for the needs of our world, but during October in our morning and evening communal prayer in the monastery chapel, and in our individual prayer, we will remember the special intentions for which you ask us to pray.

Click here to tell us for whom you'd like us to pray during the month of October. Together our prayer strengthens the Communion of Saints and is a powerful force for good in the world.

An offering for remembrance in prayer is not necessary. However, on behalf of those we serve through our work, we are grateful for any gift you can make that will help us create Benedictine space for hospitality, beauty, spirituality, peace, and justice for all God’s creation.

We’d like to invite you to join us as we conclude our month of shared prayer on Tuesday, November 1, at 5:30 p.m. in the monastery chapel with the celebration of the Feast of All Saints. Should there be covid restrictions in place, we will post information here on our website.

Sister Stephanie Schmidt, OSB

For your reflection:
Pope Francis said in a General Audience, “Remembering the faithful departed must not cause us to forget to also pray for the living, who together with us face the trials of life each day. The need for this prayer is even more evident if we place it in the light of the profession of faith which states: ‘I believe in the Communion of Saints.’ It is the mystery which expresses the beauty of the mercy that Jesus revealed to us. The Communion of Saints, indeed, indicates that we are all immersed in God’s life and live in God’s love. All of us, living and dead, are in communion, that is, as a union; united in the community of those who have received Baptism, and of those who are nourished by the Body of Christ and form part of the great family of God. We are all the same family, united. For this reason, we pray for each other.” (General Audience, 30 November 2016)