Whether it be the soul cakes, the sugar skulls of Mexico, or the cemetery picnics of family members, or the water filled buckets left outside to quench the thirst of the dead; each country has its own practices to revere the ones that have gone.
I grew up in the Roman Catholic faith, where departed church members’ names from the previous year would be read during the All Souls’ Mass. I remember sitting in that mass with my dad as they recited my mom’s name. Candles are lit to help light the darkness of death for those who have not yet reached heaven’s gate.
This All Souls’ Day, say a moment’s prayer for those lost in Sandy. A horrible death, help them find peace and light and whatever needs quenching to be at rest until they reach the gates of eternal peace.
“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.”