Wednesday, November 01, 2006

All Saints Day

With the ever-growing commercial aspects of nearly every part of our lives as Americans, we very often forget the true meaning of holidays. Perhaps this is most true in the case of Halloween (the eve of All Saints Day). Emphasis is placed on candy, trick-or-treating, costumes, and other such stuff. But that is not what All Saints Day is about.

You can find a short explanation of the evolution of All Saints Day at New Advent. You can also find information about the Church's teaching on the intercession of the saints, from the great folks at Catholic Answers.

All Saints Day is the day when we can honor those who have, as St. Paul said "run the race". They are an example to follow. They are real people, who had real temptations and vices. They had to struggle daily with temptation and sin. They were not born as holy people, but relied upon the grace of God to overcome their wickedness - as we all must.

In speaking of the saints we hear of the virtues and the great works that many performed. Blessed Mother Teresa is a well-known example from our own time. Maximillian Kolbe is another modern saint. The "little way" of St. Theresa the Little Flower has inspired millions to rely on Christ for all things great and small. And St. Rita of Cascia has served as an example of faith, hope, love, and perserverance through the toughest of situations.

These saints, and countless others, give us an example. More importantly, they give us hope. For they, too, were but humans, who relied on the grace of God, and were transformed into saints. They poured themselves out and ran the race. They have arrived at the destination. With God's grace, and perhaps some of their intercessory prayers, may we all arrive there safely, in the fullness of time. In the meantime, let us allow the example of the saints lives to inspire our hope for the coming of our saviour, Jesus Christ.


Blogger swampcritter2 said...

Aurora, Although I am not a Catholic I enjoy your missives. I greatly admired Mother Theresa. With her deep faith and character I could easily see her standing in the face of a Nero or Caligula. I was intead delighted to see her stand in the face of a Hillary.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Aurora Dies Incommodum said...

SC: "Although I am not Catholic..."

That's ok, I don't hold it against you (JOKE! JOKE!).

Seriously, though, you're right about Mother Teresa. She was a living saint, one of the most incredible people ever to live on earth. She did so much, I could could right a series of blogs on her (maybe I will sometime). And you're right about her facing down Hillary. Nero and Caligula would have recognized a holy woman when they saw one, and had the good sense to run away.

11:31 PM  
Blogger caterina maria said...

Mother Teresa did wonderful things, said some really beautiful and true things, and lived a life more virtuous than I can even dream of. But one thing bothers me about her, and that is that she appears to have been indulging in syncretism. She is known to have encouraged people to be "the best Hindu" they could be. I've seen pictures of her venerating a big fat statue of Buddha. It disturbs me to think that she wouldn't find that terrible incongruous with her being a spouse of Our Lord.
Certainly she couldn't force a whole doctrine on a dying, ignorant beggar. And I feel bad just bringing these things up because of the good she did. But there is that question I have about how exclusively she deemed Christ to be the Savior of mankind.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Aurora Dies Incommodum said...

I had heard something similiar. Not knowing any real details, I like to think that what she was doing was some misguided attempt to be respectful or to encourage whatever bits of goodness she could find in a horrid culture. Of course, I can't say anything about it with certainty.

For myself, I can't believe that she was too confused about who her saviour was. If she wasn't close to Jesus and his mother, I can't imagine how she could have kept on doing what she did for so long. After all, being such a famous person, she could easily have never set foot near the hard work of her order, for at least many of the last years of her life. But to keep going back to that desolation. I can't believe that she walked through it for so long without Jesus holding her hand.

10:41 AM  

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