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Solemnity of All Saints

November 1, 2013 by  
Filed under All Saints, Liz Estler, Praying Through Art, Solemnity

 

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Today, November 1st, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints. Who are these “Icons of Human Love,” as Father Thomas Dubay, S.M. called them in Saints: A Closer Look? They are those “who have lived upon earth as we have, who have known our miseries, our difficulties, our struggles,” writes Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. in Divine Intimacy. Some are easy to recognize, “for the Church has raised them to the honor of the Altar, but the great majority are entirely unknown to us. They are humble people who lived obscurely in the accomplishment of duty, without display; without renown, whom no one here below remembers, but whom the heavenly Father looked upon, knew in secret, and, having proved their fidelity, called to His glory.” St. Bernard, the Abbott, tells us that it doesn't serve them at all for us to venerate them…but it serves us: “Calling the saints to mind inspires, or rather arouses in us, above all else, a longing to enjoy their company…[and a desire] that Christ our life may also appear to us as he appeared to them and that we may one day share in his glory” (from Sermo 2, Opera omnia, Edit. Cisterc. 5 [1968] 364-368; Second Reading, Liturgy of the Hours). So, today, let us honor all the Saints and ask for their prayers and intercession. We look to them as examples of conversion, self-giving, sacrifice and piety, as examples of how to love as Christ loved…through the narrow gate of the Cross, so as to be happy with Him forever in heaven, sharing in that eternal joy of praising and of glorifying God.

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Art for this post on the Solemnity of All Saints: Icon of All Saints, Simeon Khromoy, before 1616, PD-US author's life plus 70 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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Editor, SpiritualDirection.com. Liz holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Degree (St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts), Liturgy Certificate (Boston Archdiocese), and a BS degree in Biology and Spanish (Nebraska Wesleyan University - Lincoln). She has served as hospital chaplain associate, sacristan, translator and in other parish ministries. She was a regular columnist for a military newspaper in Europe and has been published in a professional journal. She once waded in the Trevi Fountain!

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  • patricia

    Thank you Liz Happy All Saints Day.

    • LizEst

      You’re welcome, Patricia. Happy All Saints Day to you and yours! God bless you.

  • Linda Ricke

    I love the part – it doesn’t serve them for us to venerate them…but it serves us. Great post!

    • LizEst

      Thank you, Linda. All the glory goes to the Lord! God bless you, Happy All Saints Solemnity.

  • frtrue75@att.net

    Dear Liz: As this is my first All Saints Day and All Souls Day as a Catholic, I was received into the Church at the Easter Vigil earlier this year, I am especially grateful to celebrate these blessed days as a Catholic. Thank you and God bless you.

    • LizEst

      You’re welcome frtrue…all the glory to the Lord. We are so happy you have joined us and rejoice with you in your first All Saints Day and All Souls Day as a Catholic. God bless you!

  • Mary G

    Nice little piece! Inspires me to bring out my Divine Intimacy book today and use that for further meditiation. It inspires me to think of all the “unknown saints”… ….thinking of the stories my mother and aunts have told me about my great grandmother and my own memories of her daughter, my grandmother , what a holy woman she was…..causes me to remember them today in hope. They truly were on earth, “……examples of how to love as Christ loved…through the narrow gate of the Cross”…the narrow gate of the cross……profound! Thank you Liz

    • LizEst

      You’re welcome, Mgwps63. All the glory to the Lord. Yes, there are many unknown saints. And, you’re right, we’ve probably met some of them personally: holy people worthy of emulation, people who have suffered and remained faithful because they believed everything the Lord said. Do bring out your Divine Intimacy book. There is much profit in it for all who use it in their prayer. Take it to Church with you to pray before Mass. You will be amazed at how many will be drawn to it by the grace of God.

      God bless you, Mgwps63. Happy All Saints Solemnity!

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