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fetscherFeast of All Saints
Dear Family,
“Saint” (from Dictionary.com) noun
1. any of certain persons of exceptional holiness of life, formally recognized as such by the Christian Church, especially by canonization.
2. a person of great holiness, virtue, or benevolence.
3. a founder, sponsor, or patron, as of a movement or organization.
4. (in certain religious groups) a designation applied by the members to them selves.
 
So… where do you fit? Maybe the better questions might be, “Where do you hope to wind up?” Another question might be, “How do you propose to get there?”
The reason why we celebrate All Saints Day is because there are people like us who have done it. They are our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ, and as the Church, we say to ourselves, “Go take a look at the lives of these folk because they are the templates, the examples, the models, the ordinary folk just like us, who found the energy and the courage to push through the weeds of life, and found their Garden of Eden.”
 
How do we know that? We believe Jesus is faithful to his promises. Did you listen to today’s gospel? He blessed those who suffered in any way ‘because of me.’ He said our reward will be great.
 
The choice of the second reading for today from John’s first letter couldn’t be better: “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.” Cap that off with the Revelation reading and you have a symphony of inspired words that celebrate the fates of the faithful:“… a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count,from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb…” “Oh, I want to be in that number!!!!!”
 
(By the way, the introduction to the Book of Revelation that is in the New American Bible Revised Edition,- NABRE to its friends – is very good. You can find it under the Bible heading on the webpage of the Bishops, http://www.usccb.org The Book of Revelation always seems strange to us because it has so many references we just don’t always understand. I find the intro in NABRE helpful in moving
through the veils of visions.)
 
Tomorrow we celebrate All Souls Day. That’s not a bad follow-up to All Saints. It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead. “I get by with a little help from my friends.” The Beatles sang that in 1967. I’m not sure they realized I would use it ever since as a way of talking about the “waiting time” of purgatory. Be clear. The ‘suffering’ is from waiting to possess Jesus fully, and He, us. If someone is waiting, we help close the gap with prayer. So get some gap-closing going for those you love.
 
In Jesus,
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