On November 1, those among us of the Christian tradition will be celebrating what we refer to as All Saints Day. It is a special day when we remember all the holy deceased people who have gone before us. Ed Hayes, in his book, A Pilgrim’s Almanac, makes the comment that “before the twelfth century when the long process of the official canonization of saints by the Catholic Church began, the people pronounced (unofficially) the holy deceased in their midst to be saints by common acclaim.” Perhaps, in our hearts we can do the same as we remember lovingly and gratefully, all those who touched our lives and encouraged us by their faith-filled lives and holy deeds. Among those holy ones might well be our parents, teachers, and friends. May these saints be holy guides and sources of inspiration for all of us this day and every day.
By Joyce Iten, OSB