November 1, 2020

Solemnity of All Saints

A great vision is set before the church on the solemnity of All Saints. As we are in our mortal life, they once were. As they now are in the glory of eternal life, we hope to become. Saint Peter Julian Eymard spoke about two deaths that await us. He named the first, the death of necessity: no one can avoid … and by itself, it is not meritorious. The other death is our crown, it is to die daily to ourselves, to nature, and this is the measure of life in God. (A Thought for Every day, Eymard, pg. 121.) The Eucharist is the fullness of the Paschal Mystery, a participation in the death of Christ to free our mortal life from the bondage of death and open the way to eternal life.

We join with the death of Christ in daily self-renunciation as the saints intercede on our behalf to achieve life’s goal. The saints encourage us in our struggles because, like us, they also endured suffering. Living the beatitudes, they won the victory over daily trials and temptations by the grace of God working in them. We can rejoice and be glad in the great reward already offered to us; “For this is the will of my Father that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day” (John 6:40).

Today you may want to call to mind some of the holy ones from your own life experience who have inspired you and helped you along life’s journey to one day be reunited.

Let Us Pray:

In honor of all the saints, O Lord, grant that, just as we believe the saints to be already assured of immortality, so we may experience their concern for our salvation. Amen.


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