Those who have passed before us are not really dead. They are alive in another country, hopefully with God. I am not a universalist; Heaven and Hell (as spiritual realities, not physical places) make sense to me. Nobody can map out the afterlife accurately. A person cannot say with veracity, “Heaven is there,” or “Hell is thataway.” We are dealing with dimensions, not geography.
On this eve of All Saints’ Day, let us consider that, since we are dealing with dimensions, that dimensions might overlap from time to time. Our departed friends and loved ones might be closer than we think. May this thought comfort us.
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Authorized readings include:
1 Samuel 28:3-25