Bong Rillo, head of the Worship Ministry of PLDM, All Saints
' Day and All Souls' Day should be remembered as holy days and not a time for scary Halloween parties.
President Duterte's remarks came on the same day Malacanang issued his message for All Saints
' Day and All Souls' Day, calling on Filipinos for a 'solemn and meaningful' celebration' and urging the public to 'emulate our saints.'
give testimony to the truth that without real effort, no one ever wins the crown." 6 Thomas Becket.
Robert Ellsberg's All Saints
: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time (Crossroad) describes the lives of a wide variety of heroic religious figures, both canonized and not, Catholic and not.
This year a similar liturgical service for the All Saints
vigil will begin at Providence College in Rhode Island.
Dipping regularly into the pages of All Saints
becomes a delightful way to absorb a great deal of Christian history and rediscover some of its most luminous figures; it is also a means of enlarging our understanding of holiness.
"As we celebrate and commemorate all saints
, this would mean for us that indeed, there is Heaven.
Church leaders have cautioned Filipino Catholics against confusing All Saints
Day with the North American All Hallows Eve, or Halloween, when children and even adults dress up as ghosts and goblins for scare and fun.
The top 10 most popular monikers for baby boys born in 2002 are all saints
or biblical figures (in order: Jacob, Michael, Joshua, Matthew, Ethan, Joseph, Andrew, Christopher, Daniel, and Nicholas).
IN PRACTICE On the feast of All Saints
' Day, we remember the holy men and women who have gone before us.
Father Utrecht, the translator of Father Turk's biography, is a member of the first Canadian Oratory; All Saints
' Day, 1995, was the 20th anniversary of its foundation.
On All Saints
Day, Catholics honor and pray for the intercession of canonized saints and celebrate the communion of saints--all the baptized in heaven, purgatory, and on earth.
And, as Robert Ellsberg has shown us in his fine, new book, All Saints
(Crossroad, 1997), Catholics and non-Catholics are enriched by "secular saints" like Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Oskar Schindler.
In his book All Saints
(Crossroad, 1997), Ellsberg has compiled 365 such stories--one for each day of the year.
This one is populist, and it begins with Halloween, the last day of October, continues with All Saints
' Day, the first day of November, and concludes with All Souls' Day, November 2.