ALL SAINTS DAY
FEAST DAY: NOVEMBER 1ST
The Church pays, day by day, a
special veneration to some one of the holy men and women who have helped to
establish it by their blood, develop it by their labors, or edify it by their
virtues. But, in addition to those whom the Church honors by special
designation, or has inscribed in her calendar, how many martyrs are there whose
names are not recorded? How many humble virgins and holy penitents? How many
just and holy anchorites or young children snatched away in their innocence? How
many Christians who have died in grace, whose merits are known only to God, and
who are themselves known only in heaven? Now should we forget those who remember
us in their intercessions? Besides, are they not our brethren, our ancestors,
friends, and fellow-Christians, with whom we have lived in daily
companionship—in other words, our own family? Yea, it is one family; and our
place is marked out in this home of eternal light and eternal love.
REFLECTION.—Let us have a solicitude to render ourselves worthy of "that chaste generation, so beautiful amid the glory where it dwells."