Cardinal's Network Archive
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Celebrating Memorial Day with a Mass changes the day. “Memorial” in civic culture is an expression of collective memory. The dead are remembered, but they’re still dead. They’re “alive” in our memory and recalled in celebration as they were in the past.
In the Mass, Jesus who died and then rose from the dead is truly present in his risen life, his new life, which he enables us to share. In the Mass, we are brought into Christ’s life and therefore given a foretaste of what is to come when this life passes away. We ask Jesus to remember us, along with all those we pray for. If God holds us in mind, our future is secure.
Francis Cardinal George, OMI