I think I've uncovered one of the reasons that I love All Saints' Day so much.
Part of it is that the saints have done so so much for me in my life. They have provided me prayers, miracles, an ideal, motivation, and friendship. Honoring and thanking them on this day and making sure that this day far eclipses any secular celebration of Halloween seems like the appropriate approach for me as a Catholic. But there is another reason I love it so much.
This day is for ALL the saints, both known and unknown, who are now in the full Presence of the Trinity. We remember all of them. We even name it a Solemnity it is so important. Our Church remembers every single Joe Schmo who made it, who fought the good fight and who has now won the race. We remember that we little Joe Schmos still fighting can also do it, too. And why I love it most? Because it means that those little ones who were lost to us here on earth, Baptized by desire, are also celebrated by the universal Body of Christ.
My Joseph Mary is a saint and that means today is his feast, too.
So today I celebrate that little one whose days in this life were brief but who now lives forever in the Presence of God. I remember that the suffering, the pain, and the grief of that loss were worth it for the sake of another soul in heaven. I thank God that His mercy extends beyond the limits of my imagination and that He welcomes all those little ones. I'm grateful for a Church that recognizes their dignity and worth.
Let us remember all the saints today. And if you have a little saint of your own, take hope and joy and consolation in the recognition that this feast is for that precious little one, too.
May all the saints, especially those precious little babies lost to us on earth, pray for our families until we can meet them again.
Happy ALL Saints' Day!
|(Painting by Albrecht Durer 1511)|
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