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Solemnity of All Saints

November 2, 2010

BLESSINGS AND HOLINESS

Today we celebrate the Saints, but too many of us believe that it is the celebration of a chosen few when in reality it is a celebration of our common task.
Blessings are at the heart of this feast because every year, when we celebrate the saints, we hear the Beatitudes – the sermon on the mount.

Megan McKenna writes “that a blessing is a beatitude, a prayer, a cry of joy, a description of reality present and to be fervently expected, an expression of life that at its fullest is a startling reminder of eternity.  A blessing tells the truth about us and we bend to it deep within.”

Herman Hendricks writes “that the Kingdom of God means, then, to be with and identify with people, especially the threatened, the oppressed and the downtrodden; to give life to those who have none; to remove all oppressive relationships of one person over another, to liberate people from fear; not to condemn, but to give them in all circumstances a new future, and hope that brings life; to love people without distinction, without selection, without limits. . .”

Those that can –we call saints.

We are talking about holiness – not as a state, but as a continual commitment.  Put simply, holiness requires a radical change in mindset and attitude.

The heroes and heroines the world offers to young people today are terribly flawed. They leave us so empty.  To believe greatness is attainable, we need successful role models to emulate.

May we all be this for each other.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Solemnity of All Saints: (Rev. 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12a)

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