Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Feast of All Saints

Today is the Feast of All Saints.  On this day Catholics and other Christians who celebrate this holy day gather together to honor those who have passed on in the friendship of God and now enjoy the bliss of heaven.

Today the Church celebrates all the saints: canonized or beatified, and the multitude of those who are in heaven enjoying the beatific vision that are only known to God. During the early centuries the Saints venerated by the Church were all martyrs. Later on the Popes set November 1 as the day for commemorating all the Saints. We all have this "universal call to holiness." What must we to do in order to join the company of the saints in heaven? We "must follow in His footsteps and conform [our]selves to His image seeking the will of the Father in all things. [We] must devote [our]selves with all [our] being to the glory of God and the service of [our] neighbor. In this way, the holiness of the People of God will grow into an abundant harvest of good, as is admirably shown by the life of so many saints in Church history" (Lumen Gentium, 40).
Do you have a patron saint?  Ask him to pray for you for whatever intention you may have today.  If you don't have a patron saint, ask a few of your favorites to pray for you.  Read up on the lives of the saints as well.  Their stories contain important lessons on how Christians are to live.  Their writings contain treasures of wisdom open for us.  Seek those treasures out.

God bless and happy All Saints Day.

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