Sanctorum Communio is Latin for the Communion of the Saints. While I don't get to daily mass like I used to, now that I am working, I remain influenced by Father Pat's references to common union. (He makes these references on Sundays too, but that is not as frequent, at least not overtly!)
This morning I happened by one of my favorite spots in the blogosphere, dotCommonweal, the blog of Commonweal magazine. This is a rich place to read about all manner of things and I highly recommend it.
Today, Commonweal blogger, Father Robert Imbelli posted this:
Appropriately for this liturgical season, my graduate seminar has been reading Joseph Ratzinger’s great work, Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life. Here is a passage:
In all human love there is an implicit appeal to eternity, even though love between two human beings can never satisfy that appeal. In Christ, God enters our search for love and its ultimate meaning, and does so in a human way. God’s dialogue with us becomes truly human, since God conducts his part as man. Conversely, the dialogue of human beings with each other now becomes a vehicle for the life everlasting, since in the communion of saints it is drawn up into the dialogue of the Trinity itself.
This is why the communion of saints is the locus where eternity becomes accessible for us. Eternal life does not isolate a person, but leads him or her out of isolation into true unity with their brothers and sisters and the whole of God’s creation.
I thought that it was a great reminder of faith and community - our "common union." We are called to life in community and to live in relationship to and with one another.
What better illustration of this than the images of the Communion of Saints?
It is so easy to want to have a "God-and-me" experience, at least it has been for me. I am slowly, now that I am in "second half" of life, learning otherwise however. God is not linear and so often as humans, linear is where we are at. Go here. Do this. Get that. Learn this. Be this. It is all endless binary code in our lives.
Our faith practice as Christians, and in particular as Catholics invites us into community. The Trinity itself is relational and dynamic, not linear. We have our Trinitarian God, we have our Sanctorum Communio, we have each other.
Saints is what we all are in some fashion. You call me to my sainthood and I call you, we all call each other. This not only precludes but rather prevents (or should prevent) this need to isolate or to reject that so many of us possess.
Well listen to me ramble on... Many paragraphs as I useless try to explain the words of Father Imbelli and Joseph Ratzinger.
Today I wish you prayers of hope that is found in community with God and one another, with the saints, canonized and otherwise, leading our way to the Lord.
Thanks be to God for that! Have a blessed All Saints Day.