On this Cemetery Walk, as we journey through the dark with candles to light our way, we met a cast of extraordinary saints and ordinary sinners who reflected upon the “Last Things” (Novissimi): death, judgment, heaven and hell. Like Saint John de Brebeuf, who described what the North American martyrs endured for the sake of Christ. Or Blessed Stanley Rother, who shared what inspired him to sacrifice his life for the people of his parish.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton greeted us as well, and revealed how she found Jesus in the midst of suffering.
Through these encounters with saints, martyrs and souls suffering in purgatory, we discovered what it means to be truly alive, both now and in the life to come.