November 2--Rest in Peace, Day of the Dead

An ancient thought in Mexico is that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead grows thin at this time of year. Mexico celebrates the Day of the Dead, which is actually a period of days. The Catholic Church also traditionally remembers all deceased persons on November 2, All Souls Day.

At the U.S. Mexico Border, the Church celebrates today with a bi-national Eucharist--the faithful gather on both sides of the border wall to jointly pray--particularly for those who have died attempting to cross the border. It is a powerful symbol of the unifying force of spirituality--a force which transcends borders and barriers.

May all the departed, particularly the victims of injustice and oppression, rest in peace.


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