All Saints Day | Naming the Days


November 1 is All Saints Day. Listed below are quotes, advisable sources, a follow, and a educating story in your observances.

Educating Tales

The 1984 film Locations within the Coronary heart is about within the Melancholy. Just lately widowed Edna (Sally Area) is making an attempt to assist her two younger youngsters and pay her mortgage by rising cotton on a small farm. She has two helpers, a black itinerant employee (Danny Glover) and a blind boarder (John Malkovich). Collectively they climate a sea of troubles, together with a disastrous twister, that train them the that means of friendship and household.

The closing scene within the movie takes place in a church. Because the digicam slowly pans the congregation receiving communion, we acknowledge all of the characters — these dwelling and lifeless and departed for different locations. It is a lovely picture of the communion of saints.

In God within the Second: Making Each Day a Prayer, Kathy Coffey feedback on an identical picture:

“Geddes MacGregor in The Rhythm of God tells of a priest who, when requested, ‘How many individuals had been on the early celebration of the Eucharist final Wednesday morning?’ replied, ‘There have been three outdated women, the janitor, a number of thousand archangels, a lot of seraphim, and a number of other million of the triumphant saints of God.’ Such a ‘cloud of witnesses’ solutions a deep human urge to be a part of one thing bigger, to not stand alone, to present our little lives that means. One drop of water, left alone, evaporates rapidly. However one drop of water within the immense sea endures.”

To Follow: On All Saints Day, throughout worship, prayer, or meditation, acknowledge all of the saints which are current with you.

Religious Follow

Many individuals have icons of favourite saints on their private altars. They might use the icons in prayer to invoke a non secular high quality related to the saint. Or they might gaze upon the icon when searching for a blessing from the saint.

The icon of Saint Julian of Norwich on this web page was created by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM, one of many premier painters of icons of saints from many traditions and ages. His work is described on this web page at You will notice a lot of his icons there (the web page in regards to the Julian of Norwich icon is right here.)

To follow, we invite you to look over all of the totally different icons created by Br. Robert and see which of them contact you most immediately. Click on on the icon to get to a web page with extra info on the saint. Then follow visio divina with the icon:

1. Look intently. Does some side of it stand out for you? A shade, a form, a gesture?
2. Slender your gaze to what you observed. Be attentive to what speaks to your coronary heart as you mirror upon the icon. Ask your self, “What’s God telling me by way of this saint?”
3. Reply to the saint with a prayer, phrases on a notepad, a drawing, or a dedication to an motion.
4. Simply keep wanting on the image of the saint till you are feeling you might have gotten what you want out of your relationship with it.

Quotes About Saints: Previous, Current, and Future

  • “For hundreds of years the church has confronted the human group with position fashions of greatness. We name them saints when what we actually usually imply to say is ‘icon,’ ‘star,’ ‘hero,’ ones so possessed by an inner imaginative and prescient of divine goodness that they offer us a glimpse of the face of God within the middle of the human. They offer us a style of the probabilities of greatness in ourselves.”
    — Joan D. Chittister in A Ardour for Life
  • “I’m reminded of the biblical use of the time period saint within the guide of Acts. That it applies to every of us. All who’re making an attempt to mimic the Christ of their lives advantage the title of ‘saint.’ Some do it extra absolutely than others and are prepared to let go of extra to get the job accomplished.”
    — Matthew Fox in Confessions
  • “The entire locations of our lives are sanctuaries; a few of them simply occur to have steeples. And all the folks in our lives are saints; it’s simply that a few of them have day jobs and most won’t ever have feast days named for them.”
    — Robert Benson in Between the Dreaming and the Coming True
  • “The problem of the saints of the twenty-first century is to start once more to understand the sacred within the ten thousand issues of our world; to reverence what we now have come to view as abnormal and devoid of spirit.”
    — Edward Hays in Secular Sanctity
  • “Remember the fact that our group will not be composed of those that are already saints, however of those that try to grow to be saints. Due to this fact allow us to be extraordinarily affected person with one another’s faults and failures.”
    — Mom Teresa quoted in Mom Teresa: No Better Love edited by Becky Benenate and Joseph Durepos


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