Feast of All Saints
On All Saints’ Day observances tend to focus on known saints –that is those recognized in the canon of the saints by the Catholic Church. The Church celebrates holy men and women throughout the year on various saint days, but the Solemnity of All Saints is when the Church honors all saints, known and unknown. While we have information about many saints, and we honor them on specific days, there are many unknown or unsung saints, ordinary people who may have been forgotten, or never been honored specifically. “This is the communion of all saints. The center for reflection becomes not extraordinary personalities or heroes but the extraordinary status of simple human women and men in the image and likeness of God, called and gifted by grace, trying to find their way. In a community of companionship in the Spirit that circles the globe, they make their own contribution and then pass on through the nothingness of death into the life-giving hands of God to be followed by a new generation of saints.”(Elizabeth Johnson)
May we live in truth, keep faith and remain steadfast in love of God and our neighbor.
Be attentive to the glimpses of holiness that surround us.
We always thank God when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints.
Precious in the sight of the God is the death of his saints.
Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.
St. Francis of Assisi
For centuries the church has confronted the human community with role models of greatness. We call them saints when what we really often mean to say is ‘icon,’ ‘star,’ ‘hero,’ ones so possessed by an internal vision of divine goodness that they give us a glimpse of the face of God in the center of the human. They give us a taste of the possibilities of greatness in ourselves.
I am reminded of the biblical use of the term saint in the book of Acts. That it applies to each of us. All who are attempting to imitate the Christ in their lives merit the title of saint. Some do it more fully than others and are willing to let go of more to get the job done.
All of the places of our lives are sanctuaries; some of them just happen to have steeples. And all of the people in our lives are saints; it is just that some of them have day jobs and most will never have feast days named for them.
The challenge of the saints of the twenty-first century is to begin again to comprehend the sacred in the ten thousand things of our world; to reverence what we have come to view as ordinary and devoid of spirit.
I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.
Saints are those who managed to love more than we did.
God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but God does what is still more wonderful: God makes saints out of sinners.