Do you ever read the comic strip called “Family Circle”? Sometimes the author, Bill Keane, pictures a ghostly grandparent, obviously no longer living on earth but hovering invisibly near the family. This ghostly figure appears to be interested and involved in the lives of this family, encouraging them in their struggles and rejoicing in their successes. These “Family Circle” situations may seem trivial, but the image of a deceased grandparent still lovingly involved with family can remind us that death does not entirely deprive us of another’s presence, even though it does change the ways in which we can experience that presence. The saints who have gone before us continue to watch over us and pray for us. We Christians call our connection with these invisible friends the “communion of saints,” and we celebrate this connection especially during the month of November.
By Delores Dufner, OSB