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Francis Montague Holl, “I Am the Resurrection and the Life,” 1872

November is an opportunity for the Church to pray for the dead and evangelize about man’s last enemy, death

By John Grondelski, EWTN News, 11/6/19

November, by tradition, is the month when the Church shines particular focus on praying for the faithful departed. As the last month in the liturgical year, the readings at Mass—both Sundays and weekdays—take on a decided eschatological tone.

It’s a paradox that as the culture of death acquires an ever-greater grip on modern people, the discussion of death grows ever more mute. That silence is not unique to secular culture: the “four last things”—death, judgment, hell and heaven—have been AWOL from preaching for a long time.

Indeed, that conspiracy of silence—whether out of laziness or nominally “good” intentions”—is contributing to a crisis in the Church. It is a crisis in which the average Catholic’s understanding of those issues is more formed by an amalgam of social beliefs, cultural practices and religious illiteracy. It begs to be addressed.  ….