Reflections On The Journey
|Posted on October 27, 2022 at 7:45 PM|
Monday Meditation – All Saints Day 10/31/2022
Tomorrow is the Solemnity of All Saints, November 1. On this day the Church celebrates those Christians who have achieved spiritual maturity. It is a day to venerate all the holy men and women who have been canonized by the Church.
Back when I was in Catholic grade school, we often had parades on November first where the children would dress up as saints. I had forgotten about that until a few years ago when my husband and I happened to be in New Mexico attending church on Nov. 1. The schoolchildren paraded into the church dressed as the various saints! It was adorable and a great reminder that we have all these holy men and women. I confess I didn’t recognize the particulars of many of the saints who children were portraying, but I did recognize a St. Francis and a Mother Teresa among the group.
There are more than 10,000 saints recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, though the names and histories of some of these holy men and women have been lost to history. The saints of the church are a diverse group of people with varied and interesting stories.
Saints can be a source of inspiration and blessing for us. Knowing that others faced difficulties in their lives and yet managed to do great works and stay faithful to God is an encouragement to me. I can also pray to these people and ask them to help me with whatever I am struggling with. Many saints have been designated as the patron of something – for example, St. Francis of Assisi is not only the patron of the environment and animals since he loved creation, but he is also the patron saint of many cities, including Quito, Ecuador, and he is co-patron (with St. Catherine of Sienna) of Italy. I have chosen St. Anne (the Mother of Mary) as my patron saint.
Have you ever read about the lives of some of our saints? I’ve tackled a few, and I admit that it’s hard for me to relate to the lives of some of them, especially those who lived in monasteries or convents. However, I have also read some of the writings that these saints penned for us. There is some powerful information in their works to help us live holy lives.
Besides Sacred Scripture (written by Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, among others), some of my favorite works include those of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. I can’t say that I fully understand all of their writings, so I find myself digesting their works in small chunks, sometime re-reading things so that I can better understand. I know this is going to be a continual process for me, but one that I believe is helping me to grow closer to God.
This week as we celebrate All Saints Day, I encourage you to pick up something written by one of the saints. If you don’t find something that resonates with you on your first try, select something from another saint. Keep going, if you need to - there’s bound to be a blessing just for you somewhere in Christian literature – you just need to seek it out.
Have a blessed Monday!
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