Thursday, November 01, 2007

All Saints' Day

The silliness of Halloween is over. It is now All Saints' Day. This day is not simply a remembrance of those faithful people who have gone before us. The bible tells us that we are surrounded by “so a great cloud of witnesses.”

All Saints' Day is a day where we join and give thanks for that cloud of witnesses who have made a difference for the Kingdom of God throughout all ages past, present, and future.

Or, in the words of Saint Bernard of Clairveaux, "Clearly, if we venerate [the memory of the saints], it serves us, not them. But I tell you, when I think of them, I feel myself inflamed by a tremendous yearning. Calling the saints to mind inspires, or rather arouses in us, above all else, a longing to enjoy their company."

Happy All Saints' Day!

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