November, observed as the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, begins with the Solemnity of All Saints November 1 and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) November 2. These feasts remind us of the beauty and dignity of all human life.
All people share a common dignity, having been created in God’s image and likeness and called to eternal life with him. We are also made to depend on one another, and it is an act of mercy to pray for each other. This month especially, we ask the saints in heaven to join us in prayer for those who have not yet reached their heavenly resting place.
We also ask them to join us in prayer for the candidates at all levels of government who will be elected. May those who answer the call of public service cherish, protect, and defend all human life.