Communio Sanctorum (Communion of Saints)
Whenever we recite the Apostles’ Creed we profess that we believe in the communion of saints. The approaching month of November is a good opportunity for us to be clear about whom we claim to be connected with one in mind and heart on the way to God.
Certainly canonized saints, those heroes and heroines of faith and holiness of life who serve as models for us on our ongoing journey to God are likely the first names to come to mind. We celebrate their memory and presence to us every day but especially on November 1, All Saints Day. They are the harvest of our Tradition, a cornucopia of legends and stories that delight as well as inspire us,.
Then the next day we celebrate All Souls Day, a day to go to our family cemetery plots or to church or just to take time to remember and be thankful for those who have shaped our faith over generations. Perhaps we also know ourselves called to be reconciled in mind and heart with ancestors and friends whose parting from us transpired with jagged edges.
Then there’s us: Signora Comesichiama seated in the pew next to us and/or Monsieur Jenesaispasqui next door, and/or Mrs. Murphy who cashiers at Walmart, or Father Sinenomine. Sanctorum translated as saints sometimes keeps us thinking only of the canonized. It would better be translated as “holy ones,” all the baptized, and through us the human family and all creation. God’s cornucopia is boundless.