Tuesday, November 1, 2011

All Saints Day

All Saints by Fra Angelica
Today is the best feast day ever~ ALL SAINTS DAY. I love the saints. I love learning about the saints. I love reading their lives. I love their diversity and I love how each became totally untied to Christ and therefore, A Saint.

I got a great quote from the Una Fides e-letter this week. Pope Benedict XVI said "Often we are led to believe that sainthood is reserved to a few chosen ones." He goes on to say, "saintliness, the fullness of Christian life, does not consist in the achievement of extraordinary feats, but in uniting oneself with Christ. Indeed, a Christian is already holy because Baptism unites him to Jesus and His paschal mystery, but he also has to become holy by conforming himself ever more closely to Christ. Every Christian is called to be a saint, as is every human being!"

YouCat, the newly released Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, explains
this teaching in a very understandable way.

   "Only in holiness does man become that for which God created him. Only
   in holiness does man find real harmony between himself and his Creator.
   Holiness, however, is not some sort of self-made perfection; rather, it is
   union with the Incarnate Love that is Christ. Anyone who gains new life
   in this way finds himself and becomes holy."

Spend time today in mass, it is a holy day of obligation. And if your choir doesn't sing the litany of the saints, click on Matt Maher's version from YouTube. This video is done with all Monastery Icons which are just beautiful.

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