Sunday, October 31, 2010
All Hallow's Eve
It's All Hallow's Eve. The weather this afternoon is cool and breezy, the skies are blue - and the trees are shedding their leaves. We are waiting for the treaters, but so far only one has arrived. I am sure after dinner, mom and dad will have their kids out in full costume - knocking on the doors expecting a handful of goodies thrown into their bags. Living out here in the suburbs, there are only so many goodies to be had. I grew up in a city, where there were plenty of apartment houses - enough candy to build a small mountain. I remember my bag so full - going home, emptying out the bag on my bed, then going out on another round. Trick or treating was certainly a lot of fun - memories that will last forever.
All Hallow's Eve or Hallowmas is also the eve of "All Saint's Day." A day in which we honor the saints, known and unknown. Think of all our loved ones, family members, friends - those who have gone before us. If they are in heaven - they are saints. And we can pray to them and ask for their help and guidance. We can ask them to pray for us. We are also blessed to have so many women and men who have been canonized in our time. Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, Saint Padre Pio, Saint André Bessette. We have Blessed Mother Teresa who is surely a saint. We also have saints that are living among us. Those who love the poor and needy. Who practice compassion is so many ways, always in the name of Jesus. We can learn so much from them. We are all CALLED to be saints - to be holy.
Excerpt from "Lumen Gentium."
"all the faithful of Christ are invited to strive for the holiness and perfection of their own proper state. Indeed they have an obligation to so strive. Let all then have care that they guide aright their own deepest sentiments of soul. Let neither the use of the things of this world nor attachment to riches, which is against the spirit of evangelical poverty, hinder them in their quest for perfect love. Let them heed the admonition of the Apostle to those who use this world; let them not come to terms with this world; for this world, as we see it, is passing away."