On All Souls Day, we remember that our loved ones are still with us …

… in the Eucharistic Christ. I wrote in My Peace I Give You:

Catholic funeral masses always remind me of Matthew 28:6: “He is not here; for he has risen.” They place you right on the fault line between the “now” and “not yet” of redemption. You walk past the casket of your dead loved one, knowing that it contains only her body; she is not here. Then the priest gives you the Eucharist, and you realize your loved one is alive, united with you in the Body of Christ—closer to you than she had ever been in life. She lives.

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