To be sacred or to be scared? That is the question!
There is a more wonderful and sublime reason in the celebration of life in the present and beyond rather than death and darkness.
The Solemnity of All the Saints (November 1st) and the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (November 2nd) are Christian celebrations to remind us of an important article of our faith which is the Communion of Saints. The Communion of Saints is the super-natural unity of all the members of the Mystical Body of Christ namely: The Church Triumphant, the Church Suffering and the Church Militant.
Heaven is our goal! We believe that those who had been faithful to Christ until the end are rewarded with eternal bliss in heaven (the Church Triumphant); they are triumphant because they are given the crown of glory by God. There are those who are still expiating their sins in purgatory (the Church Suffering); they are being cleansed of the impurities caused by sin. We the living belong to the Church Militant because we still continue to fight against our sinfulness as we strive to live holy lives.
There is a wonderful exchange of spiritual goods among the members of the Church: the saints in heaven are praying for us here on earth and for the souls in purgatory. We pray and offer masses for the souls in purgatory and in return they also pray and intercede for us. All of us share in the “treasury of the Church” which are the inexhaustible merits of Christ and the prayers and good works of the saints. This exchange of charity overflows to all the members of the Church so that at the end, free from sin, we are able to have our final communion with God.
Because the original Celtic festival of the Halloween has penetrated our subliminal consciousness with the things of the underworld, our psyche is shrouded with darkness hence superseding the more important value of life. It is sad that the generation of today, especially our children, has been devoured by Halloween consumerism and its foolish antics which do not mean anything other than to scare people.
From something SACRED our celebrations now are making us SCARED no wonder we embrace a culture of death rather than life, of fear rather than hope, of darkness rather than light…..
As we celebrate All Saints Day and all the Commemoration of the Dead, we remember our Communion as members of the Mystical Body of Christ in life, in death and in eternity….