Month of the Holy Souls (Day 23)
November 23, 2023
Fr. John Colacino C.PP.S.

Day 23

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians (5:1-6-10)

We know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent,
     should be destroyed,
     we have a building from God,
     a dwelling not made with hands,
     eternal in heaven.

We are always courageous,
     although we know that while we are at home in the body
     we are away from the Lord,
     for we walk by faith, not by sight.
Yet we are courageous,
     and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord.
Therefore, we aspire to please him,
     whether we are at home or away.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
     so that each may receive recompense,
     according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.

From his Preparation for Death by St. Alphonsus Mary Liguori

All confess that they must die, and die but once; and that there is nothing of greater consequence than this; for our eternal happiness or our eternal unhappiness depends upon the moment of death. We all know a happy or an unhappy death depends upon the life we have led. And yet, how is it that nearly all Christians live as if they would never have to die, and as if dying a happy or an unhappy death could be of little importance? Truly we lead a wicked life, because we think not upon death. “In all thy works remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin.” (Sirach 7:40) We must be persuaded that the hour of death is not the proper time to set our accounts in order, nor to make the great concern of our eternal salvation secure. The wise ones of this world, in worldly matters, take every precaution at the proper time towards obtaining that gain, that post, that matrimonial alliance; when the health of their body is concerned, they lose no time before applying the needful remedies. What would you say of anyone who, having undertaken an academical contest, would defer preparing himself for it until the time was come? Would not that general be indeed mad, who should wait until besieged, to lay in stores of provisions and arms? Would not that pilot be mad, who should forget to provide himself with cable and anchors until the time of the tempest?

That Christian is even in this state, to whom the hour of death arrives before his conscience is made clean in the sight of God. “When your fear cometh as desolation …. then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer, therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way.” (Prov. 1: 27-28, 31.) The time of death is a time of tempest and confusion; then will sinners call upon God to help them, but only for fear of hell, to which they see themselves so near, and without a sincere conversion, and therefore God will not hear them. And therefore also very justly they shall then reap truly the fruits of their evil life. Alas for them, it will not be enough to take the Sacraments. It is necessary to die hating sin and loving God beyond all things; but how can he hate forbidden pleasures, who, until that time, has loved them, so much? and how can he love God beyond all things, who, until that time, has loved the creature more than God?

Musical Selection (Libera)
Going home, going home
I am going home
Quiet like, some still day
I am going home

It’s not far, just close by
Through an open door
Work all done, care laid by
Never fear no more

Mother’s there expecting me
Father’s waiting too
Lots of faces gathered there
All the friends I know

I’m just going home

No more fear, no more pain
No more stumbling by the way
No more longing for the day
Going to run no more

Morning star lights the way
Restless dreams all gone
Shadows gone, break of day
Real life has begun

There’s no break, there’s no end
Just a living on
Wide awake with a smile
Going on and on

Going home, going home
I am going home
Shadows gone, break of day
Real life has begun

I’m just going home


Father of mercies and God of all consolation,

you pursue us with untiring love

and dispel the shadow of death

with the bright dawn of life.

Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

by dying has destroyed our death,

and by rising, restored our life.

Enable us therefore to press on towards him,

so that, after our earthly course is run,

he may reunite us with those we love,

when every tear will be wiped away.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.