Hello everyone; happy feast day to all. Indeed today should be a day of great celebration for all of us, for today we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. “All Saints Day” – today, we join in celebration with all of those souls who have run the race and fought the good fight; now they stand before the Throne of the Lamb praising Him and making intercession for us.
Today, I had the great honor of attending Holy Mass twice, and once of even serving at the Altar of Our Lord. Recall that today is also a Holy Day of Obligation and – unless it’s physically impossible – you must attend Holy Mass, if you haven’t already. It was so beautiful to be able to attend the Heavenly Banquet, the very one the saints experience for all eternity, twice. To twice receive my Lord into my soul and adore Him in union with all the Heavenly Host – what unexplainably beautiful honor!
After my family and I returned home, the celebration continued – though not in such a profound way. We dressed up as our favorite saints, as we have done annually for the past million years, and went to our studies as: St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Catherine of Laboure and St. Joseph of Cupertino, ect. As all of Heaven looked down on us today, I am sure that we brought them joy, if not laughter (as you can tell from the picture). Yea, I am a little young and skinny for the great saint and bishop of Ireland – still you have to applaud the ingenuity. ISN’T IT AWESOME TO BE CATHOLIC?
So now I come to the main point of my post, namely we are all called to be saints. Sure you may not think that you are the stuff that saints are made of, but this is the call and vocation of everyone. You may not have the brilliance of St. Thomas Aquinas, the strength of St. Patrick, the humor of Blessed Pope John Paul the Great or the peace of St. Francis of Assisi, but you do have one thing in common with all of them and that is the Love of Christ. Sainthood is your vocation, Sainthood is my vocation, Sainthood is the vocation of all of us. God made us to know, love and serve Him and be happy with Him forever in Heaven – this is the joy of the saints.