This November, we embrace a cherished Catholic tradition, a time to remember and pray for all the faithful departed. It’s a poignant moment to recall our loved ones who have journeyed ahead, marked with the sign of faith. Although it’s heart-wrenching to accept the departure of those we hold dear, it’s also a sign of hope. In the Christian rite, we are reminded that the bonds of affection we build throughout life persist beyond death. We pray for our beloved departed to swiftly enter God’s kingdom, to be released from anything holding them back. Their hearts belong to God, and through our prayers, we strengthen our connection with them. Praying for the faithful departed is vital because we all have our burdens that hinder us from fully surrendering our hearts to God. In His mercy, God offers us purgatory, even after death, to let go of these hindrances, making us worthy to give our hearts to Him in His heavenly kingdom. When we pray for our departed loved ones, we facilitate their journey, remember them, and forge a connection. In time, they may pray for us when we need it most. During this November, let’s unite in prayer for those who have gone before us, with the hope that, through our prayers and one day through theirs, we may all find ourselves in the embrace of God’s kingdom, together around our Heavenly Father’s throne.