Monday, October 31, 2011

"Come, thou blessed of my Father!"

On this Feast of All Saints we come together as Church to honor not only the Saints that we know, but also all those known only to God, who no matter what their station or state in life, have lived manfully the gospel of Christ and now enjoy the blissful vision of God for ever in Heaven. It is certainly a day to rejoice and thank God for the many graces and crowns given to these holy men and women. To move ourselves to strive after the virtues that they expressed by their lives and to implore mercy from God through their powerful intercessions.
This solemn commemoration is an image of that eternal great feast which is continually celebrated in Heaven, where all the blessed praise and adore God's goodness and mercy. The perfection and greatness of these saints are entirely the work of His spirit within them.

We too, are called to this heavenly banquet, to one day, after a faithful life, be called blessed by God and given that name known only to Him alone.

We are reminded in the document Lumen Gentium, Chapter 5, the Universal Call to Holiness:

Thus it is evident to everyone, that all the faithful of Christ of whatever rank or status, are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity; by this holiness as such a more human manner of living is promoted in this earthly society. In order that the faithful may reach this perfection, they must use their strength accordingly as they have received it, as a gift from Christ. They must follow in His footsteps and conform themselves to His image seeking the will of the Father in all things. They must devote themselves with all their being to the glory of God and the service of their neighbor. In this way, the holiness of the People of God will grow into an abundant harvest of good, as is admirably shown by the life of so many saints in Church history.”

As we attend Mass on this great Feast, let us be thankful for the praise offered to God by the lives of His saints, and pray that we too may one day join them forever seeing God face to face.

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