Today I went to mass to celebrate “All Saints’ Day.” We prayed, worshiped and lit candles and asked the saints in heaven to help us and our families.
At Baptism we all gain the potential to become saints, when we enter heaven we all become saints.
Catholics honour saints not worship them, because they have lived exemplary lives here on earth for a higher cause, that is, a life of sacrifice, a life of love, caring and sharing, a life of living according to God’s purpose. Many saints have died for their faith, while some lead exemplary lives to give witness to God and His Son Jesus Christ.
Saints were ordinary people who lead extraordinary lives. Saints have revealed things to us because of their relationship with God and Jesus Christ. Saints are people whom we look up to. Saints are our link between heaven and earth. People pray to saints as intercessors for us, to help us here on earth, to achieve our God given purpose and inherit what God has already set aside for each and everyone of us, if we have faith and believe.
The lives of the saints were not easy, nothing that is worth something is easy. Sacrifice comes in order to gain something bigger than ourselves.
I remember as a child parents would name their children after a saint in order to gain protection for their children from that saint. God elevates the dead to sainthood because of their faith and in order to help us here on earth.
Tomorrow is “All Souls’ Day” a day when we pray for our faithful departed. One might ask why do we have to pray for the dead? The reason is that some may not yet have crossed over or entered heaven, not because they are not worthy, but because they died with traces of sin. None of us are worthy, because we sin daily, it’s only by the grace of God that we are rendered worthy to be in God’s Kingdom.
In the bible in Maccabees Purgatory is explained and by scholars such as St. Augustine, my protestant friends don’t acknowledge saints. They refer to him as Augustine and quote him to explain and make clear many philosophical arguments.
Halloween is celebrated around this three day festival, it has become a pagan festival. We should honour the dead and the saints because that is what is pleasing to God.
HALLOWEEN EXPLAINED click left
purgatory in Maccabees click left