Memento Mori – The Day of the Dead

“…It was a very special idea of St. Thomas that Man is to be studied in his whole manhood; that a man is not a man without his body, just as he is not a man without his soul.”

G.K. Chesterton, St. Thomas Aquinas
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) – The Day of the Dead (1859)

And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us: Looking on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who having joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and now sitteth on the right hand of the throne of God. For think diligently upon him that endured such opposition from sinners against himself; that you be not wearied, fainting in your minds.” ( Hebrews 12:1-3)

…It was a very special idea of St. Thomas that Man is to be studied in his whole manhood; that a man is not a man without his body, just as he is not a man without his soul. A corpse is not a man; but also a ghost is not a man. The earlier school of Augustine and even of Anselm had rather neglected this, treating the soul as the only necessary treasure, wrapped for a time in a negligible napkin. Even here they were less orthodox in being more spiritual.
-G.K. Chesterton, St. Thomas Aquinas

Loving God, we remember now in
prayer our dearly departed. May they
rest in peace with you and experience
the eternal joy of heaven. Heal our grief,
merciful Lord, strengthen our hope
that we, too, will one day share in the
resurrection of your Son who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

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