On the Eve of Halloween

October 2, 2009
Tim Staples and the Catholic Conference
November 5, 2009

On the Eve of Halloween

We celebrate Halloween in our home, which I know is something that we Catholics and indeed all Christians may be struggling with in their own homes.  We celebrate this day for a few reasons.  One is that my mother (God rest her soul) was born on this date in 1945, and she would come up to see us each year and go trick or treating with us and our young children.  She always brought cute Halloween decorations and thus when I see all the traditional Halloween items, it reminds me of her.

The other reason is that we socialize with our friends and neighbors.  It is more of a neighborhood night out than a celebration of some Satanic holiday.  I have no doubt that there are some who do celebrate it otherwise and make it to be a scary and demonic event.  But not us.  As in days past, we celebrate not only the social aspect of this day, but we also remember those members of the faithful who have died and are hopefully now in the presence of our Creator.

The feast of All Saints is celebrated the day after Halloween (All Hallows Eve) and we remember all those faithful men and women who lived holy lives and while not officially recognized by the Church as Saints, they nonetheless have attained Heaven and eternity with our Lord.  The following day (November 2nd), we remember all Souls of the faithful departed who while not yet in Heaven, are going through the final purification of their souls so that they are able to stand before God with a clean heart and no attachment to sin.  We pray for them to have the courage and ability to shed all attachment to those things that keep them from complete union with God.

So in a particular way, this holiday (holy day), is very special to me, because it reminds me of my mother and also reminds me to pray for her and all those members of my family who have died and to give thanks to God for his sacrifice that made it possible for us to have eternal life with Him.

God Bless,

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