Excerpts from His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burkes homily

Excerpts from His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burkes homily

‘‘Today we celebrate the Irish members of the Church in Glory with whom we, members of the Church Militant, enjoy the most intimate communion in Christ. Just days ago, we remembered, in a solemn way, all the saints of the universal Church and our brothers and sisters in Purgatory, the Church Suffering, who are undergoing the purification which anticipates their entrance into Heaven. When Christ, Risen from the Dead and Seated at the Right Hand of God the Father, returns in glory to consummate His redemptive work, the just, both those of the Church Suffering and those of the Church Militant, will all enter into the glory of the saints in Heaven. On that day, the Communion of Saints will be complete and perfect for the glory of God and the salvation of the world.’’

‘‘Celebrating the memory of all the saints of Ireland, we, their descendants, commit ourselves to live faithfully in Christ, as they lived. While Our Lord teaches us the richness of the reality of our life in Christ by means of the Beatitudes, He also assures us of the divine grace which enables us to live faithfully that reality. It is the grace which we first received in Baptism and which Our Lord strengthens and increases in Confirmation, and which He never fails to restore in Confession and to nourish by means of His Eucharistic Sacrifice and its incomparable fruit: Holy Communion.’’

‘‘In these most difficult times, let us implore the intercession of all the saints of Ireland, while we also redouble our efforts to follow their example, in order that our wedding garment may remain pure and white, and our hands may merit to carry the palm branch of the victory of Christ over sin and eternal death. Let us, together with all the saints, keep our vision fixed on Christ, on His truth taught to us in the Church and on His love safeguarded for us by the Church’s discipline. Thus may we remain serene in suffering, faithful in the truth and love of Christ until the end. Now, Our Lord seated in glory at the right hand of the Father descends to the altar of this church, His house, in order to make sacramentally present His Sacrifice on Calvary and its incomparable fruit: the Bread of Heaven which is His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.’’

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