Today is my (deceased) Dad’s 86th birthday. I’m going to Mass with my Mom and then out to eat to celebrate Dad’s life. I think of him often and have many dreams about him (he passed away nearly 10 years ago). I find great comfort in the Catholic understanding of the Communion of Saints and I feel my Dad’s presence in my life in an ongoing way.
I think that the Communion of Saints is a wonderful teaching to pass on to our students. We should ask them about loved ones who have passed away and, when leading prayer, mention that we will include them in our prayers, knowing that they are with us, that they can help us, and that we can help them.