Posted by: Christine | November 1, 2010

All Saints’ Day

Today is the Feast of All Saints, when the Catholic Church honors all those holy men and women who are now with God in Heaven.  We thank God for their shining model of holiness, and we reassert our intention to follow their example.  St. Josemaria Escriva reminds us that we are all called to be saints, in whatever vocation God has in store for us.  After all, “[s]aints are not abnormal cases…they were – they are – normal, with flesh like yours.  And they conquered.” (The Way, no. 133)

We also implore their intercession for our needs, the needs of others, and all the souls in purgatory (tomorrow, All Souls’ Day, is a day of special prayer and remembrance in this regard).  We are reminded of the reality of the Communion of Saints by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI (this was in my Magnificat meditation today, but it didn’t say where exactly this passage is from in the Holy Father’s teaching):

We all live interdependently, not only materially, but also spiritually, and morally…There are people who leave behind, so to speak, a surplus of love, of perseverance in suffering, of honor and truth that captures others and sustains them.  In the innermost recesses of existence, there really is such a thing as taking another’s place.  The entire mystery of Christ rests on this…In the spiritual realm everything belongs to everyone…Everything comes from Christ, but because we belong to him, what is ours becomes his and attains healing power.  That is what is meant by talk of the treasury of the Church: the good deeds of the saints.  To pray for an indulgence means to enter into this spiritual communion of gifts and to put oneself at its disposal.

As members of the Church, Christ’s mystical body here on Earth, we are all interconnected with other members, both living and in eternity.  As my friend put it last night when we were talking about praying for the same intentions: “luckily we’re both tuned into the Holy Spirit so we didn’t even have to talk to each other to work together.”  It’s true!  We are in Christ; He brings us together in the Holy Spirit.  Praise God!

I hope everyone has a blessed Feast of All Saints and a prayerful All Souls’ Day.

Mother Mary and St. Joseph, pray for us.  St. Escriva, pray for us.  St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.  All the angels and saints, pray for us.

Update

Here is Pope Benedict’s address on video for All Saints’ Day:

Pope Benedict XVI on All Saints\’ Day

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