The Solemnity of All Saints

Today’s readings I think we all bristle, unfortunately, at the idea of being a saint.  Saints are those super-holy folks who are depicted in artwork and glorified in amazing stories.  We are just ordinary people who struggle with our holiness, at best.  But today, the Church is asking us to think about saints in a broader way.  Yes, we… Continue reading The Solemnity of All Saints

The Solemnity of All Saints

Today’s readings Today, the Church militant – which is all of us – rejoice with the Church triumphant – which is all the Saints in heaven – because of the great glory of God. This glory they can already see; we hope to see it one day. And we will see it if, please God,… Continue reading The Solemnity of All Saints

The Solemnity of All Saints (Vigil Mass)

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Today’s readings Since we’re gathered here on Halloween, All Hallows Eve, I thought I might get your attention by doing a little homily I like to call “Would Jesus Go Trick-or-Treating?” It’s an important topic, because I think a lot of parents wrestle with the message of Halloween and whether or not they should support… Continue reading The Solemnity of All Saints (Vigil Mass)

The Solemnity of All Saints

Today’s readings I think we all bristle, mistakenly, at the idea of being a saint.  Saints are those super-holy folks who are depicted in artwork and glorified in amazing stories.  We are just ordinary people who struggle with our holiness, at best.  But today, the Church is asking us to think about saints in a… Continue reading The Solemnity of All Saints

All Saints’ Day Eve (All Hallows Eve): Would Jesus Trick-or-Treat?

Today’s readings Since we’re gathered here on Halloween, All Hallows Eve, I thought I might get your attention by doing a little homily I like to call “Would Jesus Go Trick-or-Treating?” It’s an important topic, because I think a lot of parents wrestle with the message of Halloween and whether or not they should support… Continue reading All Saints’ Day Eve (All Hallows Eve): Would Jesus Trick-or-Treat?

The Solemnity of All Saints (Evening Masses)

Today’s readings I think we all bristle, mistakenly, at the idea of being a saint. Saints are those super-holy folks who are depicted in artwork and glorified in amazing stories. We are just ordinary people who struggle with our holiness, at best. But today, the Church is asking us to think about saints in a… Continue reading The Solemnity of All Saints (Evening Masses)

The Solemnity of All Saints (Morning Mass)

Today’s readings Today, the Church militant – which is all of us – rejoice with the Church triumphant – which is all the Saints in heaven – because of the great glory of God. This glory they can already see; we hope to see it one day. And we will see it if, please God,… Continue reading The Solemnity of All Saints (Morning Mass)

The Solemnity of All Saints: Yearning for Heaven

Today’s readings One of my favorite hymns is the one we sang at the beginning of Mass today, “For All the Saints.” Ever since I was a little kid, I can remember the rather stirring melody and the beautiful words in praise of the Saints Triumphant. For me, it kindled a little yearning to be… Continue reading The Solemnity of All Saints: Yearning for Heaven

All Saints Eve: Would Jesus Trick-or-Treat?

Today’s readings Since we’re gathered here on Halloween, All Hallows Eve, I thought I might get your attention by doing a little homily I like to call “Would Jesus Go Trick-or-Treating?” It’s an important topic, because I think a lot of parents wrestle with the message of Halloween and whether or not they should support… Continue reading All Saints Eve: Would Jesus Trick-or-Treat?

All Saints & All Souls

Readings: All Saints | All Souls “Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” “The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no… Continue reading All Saints & All Souls