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Feast of All Saints

Feast Day: November 1

The Introit for today’s Holy Mass expresses the beauty of the Feast of All Saints, “Let us all rejoice in the Lord celebrating a Festival in honor of all the Saints: at whose solemnity the Angels rejoice, and give praise to the Son of God.”1

All Saints feast day is a glorious feast which touches at the heart of our Catholic Faith. The Apostles' Creed, for instance, expresses this fundamental dogma in the third section of the creed: “I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.”

We see on almost every day of the year, the Church commemorates one or more of the saints. The Church wishes us to consider the lives of the saints, their patterns of Christian perfection, in the hope that we too will be encouraged to imitate their holy actions, in light of the Person of Jesus Christ. The Church also encourages us to pray for the intercession of the saints and to become partakers of the merits of Christ, some of which come to us by way of the saints. Moreover, the Church also teaches that by praying to the saints and partaking in their allocated graces, they direct us to God Himself; in other words, the saints lead us to God.2 Thus, the maxim, as St. Francis de Sales taught: to Jesus, through Mary.

The Gospel passage for today (Matthew 5:1-12) gives us the blueprint for becoming a saint:

    And seeing the crowds, He went up the mountain. And when He was seated, His disciples came to Him. And opening His mouth He taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth. Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when men reproach you, and persecute you, and speaking falsely, say all manner of evil against you, for My sake. Rejoice and exult, because your reward is great in Heaven…3

The different saints modeled these virtues in their lives, so reading and meditating on the lives of the saints assists us in reinforcing these holy qualities in ourselves. Thus, it is a holy and good act for us to read the lives of the saints regularly.

The following books are recommended and can be found at fatimashoppe.org or catholicbooks.org:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Modern Saints
The Children’s Book of Saints
The New Marian Missal

Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma
The Catechism Explained
The Catholic Religion


Notes

  1. The New Marian Missal, p. 1269.


  2. The Catechism Explained: An Exhaustive Explanation of the Catholic Religion. Rockwell, Illinois: Tan Books and Publishers, Inc., p. 361.


  3. Matthew 5:1-12 (Douay-Rheims Confraternity edition).




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