All Saints & All Souls Day

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As the church prepares to celebrate the current liturgical commemoration of Hallowtide, we are reminded of our own eschatological end goal. Those saintly men and women that have gone before us are “witnesses who have preceded us into the kingdom” according to the Catholic Catechism of the Catholic Church 2683 and Hebrews 12:1. As St. Paul reminds us in his epistle to the Hebrews, “let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us.”

Let us be cognizant of what these three days symbolize for us in the Christian tradition per theologian Dr. Scott Hahn:

  1. the Church Militant on earth warring against the powers of hell (All Hallows’ Eve)
  2. The Church Triumphant sharing in the glory of Christ in heaven (All Saints)
  3. the Church Suffering in purgatory being purified from the effects of sin (All Souls)

As the great musical artist Lois Armstrong reminds us of with his jazz rendition of When The Saints Go Marching In, we too should strive for the eternal phrase on our lips of “Oh Lord, I want to be in that number.”

As the apparition of Mary, mother of God reminds us of with the Fatima revelation and popular prayer after the rosary decade, let us too boldly proclaim; “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need of your mercy.”

May all the saints and holy men & women of God be united with us during our earthly pilgrimage this day. Amen

Published by StreetEvangelist

A Roman Catholic Christian living in the TX, USA area seeking to make the world a better place. Our call to mission as being made in the image and likeness of God is two-fold: to have authentic relationships with our fellow man, and to have an authentic personal encounter with our living God through His Son Jesus Christ who is, who was and who will always be. Let us not bicker, spew hate, or worry about trivial matters when we can become better images of our self to walk humbly with our loving God.

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