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Monday, October 31 Halloween
All Hallows’ Eve
The history of words can tell us a lot about the history of our traditions. Hallow is an old word for saint. In times past, All Saints’ Day was known as All Hallowmas, and the eve of All Saints was known as All Hallows’ Eve, which morphed into Halloween. If the celebration of Halloween today seems to bear little outward resemblance to a religious feast, it is nonetheless intimately connected with time-honored traditions of remembering those who have gone before us, both the saints and all the other “souls” (November 2), including our own loved ones. Take a moment this Halloween to remember your own faithfully departed. Then open your door and share a bit of sweetness with strangers who may come knocking. Greeting others with some generosity is nothing to get spooked about!
Today’s readings: Romans 11:29-36; Luke 14:12-14
“When you give a banquet, invite the poor . . . you will be repaid. . . .”
Tuesday, November 1 Solemnity of All Saints
Holiness starts here
In Sister Wendy’s Book of Saints, art historian Sister Wendy Beckett writes about us: “Holiness can so easily appear as something remote from us, to be read about or . . . gazed at, but from afar. Yet to be a saint is a wholly practical and realistic growth into our own truth. It is what we are all meant to become, it is our deepest fulfillment, our own personal realization of what we have been potentially from birth. There is no play about sanctity. It starts from where we are and what we are.” Move deeper into the saint you were born to be.
Today’s readings: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12a
“They will be called children of God.”
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