Today of all days we remember those who fell in war so that others may live. The 11am Mass in St Mary's was a Requiem, with a two-minute silence following the entrance procession, for all to remember and pray for the dead. By remembering we also hope to avoid more war.
Remembrance Sunday helps us realise that the greatest greatness for humans is not perhaps what they can do, nor even what they can be, but what they can suffer. For there is nothing to match for nobility or honour the self-sacrifice of those who lay down their lives for their friends. And never has this happened on such a scale as in the wars of the last century, where the very ghastliness of the wars and the evil of those who engineered them makes appear even brighter the unassuming but indelible honour of those who fought for family, friends and country.
And if this is all true on the natural level, how much more true it is on the supernatural. For it is by remembering the death of Jesus, that is by offering Holy Mass, the Memorial of His Self-Sacrifice on Calvary, that we may live. It is in contemplating His death that we learn the value of life, and by joining in His Sacrifice--first of all by prayer--that we receive grace, Eternal Life.
The fullness of God's Love is manifest in Jesus' Passion. It is what He suffered willingly which reveals the depths of love. Thus while God is Pure Act, all creatures begin in potency, they must always receive before they can give, that is they must be passive before they can be active. It is suffering which carves out capacity in our soul, which makes our soul great, so that she may then love much, give much.
Grace builds on nature. The whole of the UK remembers the dead today, those who gave their lives for us. May the whole world remember Him Who died for all, Who gave His Life for the world.