Today is All Saints Day, when the Church remembers those who have shown themselves worthy of being called Saint because of their deeds or exemplary lives. Francis, Mary, all of the disciples (except Judas) the gospel writers, and many teachers, writers, missionaries and martyrs across the centuries. Their lives offer examples for our lives of how to be people of God, followers of Jesus, in our own time.
All Souls Day is a time when we remember the ones in our own lives who may not have been famous, but by their examples have helped us find our way. The everyday people who make things work, show us beauty, challenge us to be our best selves, You know who they are – you may very well be one of them for others without even realizing it.
Every important day in the life of the Church has an “Eve” – the night before the major day – which is a time of preparation and anticipation. Think “Christmas Eve.” All Saints Day was traditionally known as “All Hallows Day,” and its Eve was, appropriately, “All Hallows Eve” orAll Hallows Even (evening before) and, eventually, shortened to Halloween. The culture has co- opted Halloween as the major feast day for costumes and candy – but the main days remain, All Saints and All Souls – days when we remember and give thanks for those whose lives continue to serve as examples for us, and to celebrate our connection with them across time and space.
Let us pray:
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Peace and blessing,