Let's Be Saints!

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So much to blog about and so little time! 🙂   There has been so much going on lately between our recent Catholic Formation and Leadership Conference, talks in San Antonio and Uvalde, review of new resources and outreach programs, radio shows, calls, emails, and chats with Protestants, inactive Catholics, individuals with personal struggles, and couples experiencing marital troubles… the day-to-day work of evangelization!

All Saints

Do you have plans for Holyween? Yes, Holyween! All Hallows Eve, also known as Halloween, is the Eve of All Saints (November 1) on which we celebrate “the universal call to holiness” made by God Himself:

“Be holy, for I, the LORD your God am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2)

“In a word, you must be made perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt 5:48)

“For this is the will of God: your sanctification.” (1 Thes. 4: 3)

So, instead of “celebrating” death and darkness this All Hallows Eve -wearing and bearing skulls and skeletons, and focusing on death and darkness- bring some light into the world around you by honoring and dressing up like one of the saints, calling to mind and celebrating the achievements of holy men and women -be they young or old, famous or little known- praying all the while, with intentionality and determination, that you and I and everyone we know become that which we are called and equipped to be: saints of God!  So, as my friends in the Christian Life Movement (CLM) like to say and unabashedly state on their t-shirts: Let’s Be Saints! (For information on the CLM visit: http://www.clmusa.org/).

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For more information on how others are reclaiming All Hallows Eve read:

“No te lamentes por el Haloween, ¡organiza Holyween! – Una iniciativa que nace en Italia para conocer e imitar a los santos en su día” at www.zenit.org/article-33078?l=spanish

“Holyween: Reclaim the Celebration of All Saints” by Fr. Vincent Serpa, OP:   www.catholic.com/thisrock/2001/0110fea4.asp.

For more information on the Solemnity of All Saints, visit:

www.newadvent.org/cathen/01315a.htm

www.wf-f.org/AllSaints.html

http://zenit.org/article-27376?l=english

www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/homilies/2006/documents/hf_ben-xvi_hom_20061101_all-saints_en.html

 

 

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2 Responses to “Let's Be Saints!”
  1. Patricia Ann says:

    Today at Mass the presider asked us to think about those people around us who we thought of as ‘saints in the making’ — and I thought of you, Martha! May God bless you, you holy woman of the most high God!

  2. Martha says:

    Wow… I don’t know what to say, other than: thank you. And thank You, Lord, for the gift of faith and the grace to grow in virtue and holiness, a grace You give abundantly to all. God bless you with abundant grace. Let’s be saints! Martha

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