Today is the day we recall all of the poor souls, their fate in God's hands as they promise desperately to atone for all of their sins in the hope of being saved.
I speak, of course, of the Democratic members of Congress.
What--you thought I was talking about those other souls, the ones who suffer in Purgatory, the ones who have tasted of the ocean of God's great mercy and for whom we should pray daily? The ones whom All Souls' Day is all about?
There's one big difference between them and the Democratic members of Congress: the souls in Purgatory already know they're saved.
Of course, there are a few other differences, too: the Holy Souls in Purgatory see with a clarity that is often dimmed by political rhetoric what is truly good, and what is truly evil; they know with a certainty that many on Earth lack that voting for and working for the slaughter of unborn humans is a hideous evil gravely displeasing to God; they also know that lying, cheating, stealing, and otherwise maneuvering for the sake of political office and political gain is a folly of immeasurable proportions, compared to the worth of the eternal soul and the value of eternal happiness. The glimpse they had of God at their particular judgment has made them long so greatly to be in His presence that to be deprived of it, even for a short while, fills them with unimaginable pain--and the idea that anyone would choose eternal exclusion from the Presence of Divine Love for the sake of earthly power, earthly glory, and earthly loot, graft, or goodies must pain them too.
So, today, let's remember to pray for the souls in Purgatory that they will swiftly be released from their present suffering and know the fullness of happiness in Heaven with God. And let us pray that those already released will intercede with ceaseless pleading for all of us still on Earth--particularly the ones who are going to find out by tomorrow morning that "We, the People..." have fired them from their present positions. May that loss of employment also be salubrious for them, as they contemplate whether it's more important to risk their souls for the things of this Earth--or to despise the things of this Earth, for the sake of their poor souls.
And may we, too, keep this lesson firmly in mind as we go vote.