Thursday, November 1, 2012

Solemnity of All Saints

But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom
and will possess it forever - yes, for ever and ever.  ~ Daniel 7:18 

Solemnity of All Saints*
November 1
*We are called to remember all of the saints, known and unknown,
whose lives have served as holy examples for us.

"To become saints means to fulfill completely what we already are, raised to the dignity of God's adopted children in Christ Jesus...” … “This, then, is the meaning of today’s Solemnity:  looking at the shining example of the Saints to reawaken within us the great longing to be like them:  happy to live near God, in His light, in the great family of God’s friends.  Being a Saint means living close to God, to live in His family…”

~ Pope Benedict XVI
 The Church Triumphant, Militant, and Suffering

"Being more closely united to Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness...They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us...So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped."

" Christian communion among our fellow pilgrims brings us closer to Christ, so our communion with the saints joins us to Christ, from whom as from its fountain and head issues all grace, and the life of the People of God itself: We worship Christ as God's Son; we love the martyrs as the Lord's disciples and imitators, and rightly so because of their matchless devotion towards their king and master. May we also be their companions and fellow disciples.
Catechism of the Catholic Church, Articles 956 and 957

"Make up your mind to become a saint."
~ St Maria Mazarello


*Origin of All Saint's Day as a feast of the Church
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Visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead
during the Octave of All Saints' Day (Nov 1 thru Nov 8)
will gain a plenary indulgence
that can be applied to the souls in purgatory.

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