So Many Things So Little Time

We are quickly approaching the end of October, a time when orange lights and uniquely carved pumpkins decorate our neighborhoods. I was pleasantly surprised by the 5th grade today when they presented me with a very special Prayer Pumpkin. This reminds us that what may be commercially advertised as a “pagan” holiday, in truth holds its origins in the Catholic faith. There are a number of articles on the web with regards to an all but forgotten triduum of Allhallowtide. I encourage you to explore this season. Here’s a short reminder from the Irish Catholic:

“However, what is certain is that Hallowe’en as we know it developed in relation to a feast which is definitely Catholic –
the Solemnity of All Saints celebrated on November 1. There are more than 10,000 canonized saints in the Church, which means that not all of them can be recognized on a calendar of 365 days: All Saints Day commemorates all saints, canonized and otherwise.This feast was first officially established by Pope Boniface IV in 615 as the “Feast of All Martyrs”. In 840, the title changed to the “Feast of All Saints” as saints other than the martyrs were added.”

Have a safe and happy Halloween, blessed All Saints and All Souls Days, and a great week!
Pax et Bonum,
Sue Styren