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In November We Remember

It somehow feels right that the month of November is the one when we think in a special way about our family members, friends and neighbours who have died.

For the ancient Irish, even before the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, November was an especially holy time since the great Celtic feast of Samhain (Nov 1st.) was the beginning of the New Year.

Our Celtic ancestors believed that the veil between this world and the next was at its thinnest on the eve of Samhain, which we call Halloween.

This is a time when we can feel particularly close to those who have gone before us.
So this November let us remember those who have lived and loved, those who have left us a blessed heritage:
Let us remember the light-filled ones who enkindled our spirits with their influence and the spark of their beliefs.
Let us remember the vulnerable ones who allowed us to care for them, allowed us to be with them in their time of need.
Let us remember the faith-filled ones who led us by word and example into a deeper relationship with God.
Let us remember the brave ones who walked through their struggles with hope, who taught us how to trust.
Let us remember the great lovers of life whose humour and enthusiasm lifted our spirits and brought us joy.
Let us remember the nurturers who gave us birth physically or spiritually, who gave us support by their caring presence.

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