During November, the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, we remember all of the faithful departed, but we should remember in a special way our parents. They gave us the gift of life and, in most cases, the gift of faith as well. Few of us ever get the chance, in this lifetime, to repay them what we owe.
That's why our prayers for them are so important. By keeping them in mind as we pray, and offering up our little sufferings and trials throughout the day, we can lessen their sufferings in Purgatory and help them to enter fully into Heaven. And since they remain our parents, we know that, in Heaven, they will intercede for us as well.
(The gravestone of George and Grace Richert, Saint Peter's Lutheran Church graveyard, Corydon, Indiana. Photo © Scott P. Richert)