Happy Halloween everyone!  Don’t forget that TOMORROW is All Saint’s Day and a Holy Day of Obligation.  Check out this article by Caitlin Kim on Busted Halo! Read the rest of the article here.

Growing up most of the kids I knew from Christian families weren’t allowed to celebrate Halloween. Here are a few thoughts on the meaning of this Catholic celebration (yes, really!) and why it matters.

H — Holy. That’s right, folks. Halloween is a derivation of “All Hallows’ Eve” aka “All Saints’ Eve” aka “the vigil of All Saints’ Day”… a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholic Christians. All Saints’ Day is a celebration of the holy saints in heaven who were exemplars of Christ’s love in life and now enjoy the eternal reward of heaven. The saints are our sisters and brothers in faith who pray for us. Let’s feast them well! Why not try making it to a vigil mass this year before the festivities begin?

A — Ancient. The traditions of Halloween date back to the beginning of the Church. In fact, many of them pre-date the birth of Christ. The pagan and pre-Christian traditions of many cultures have been woven into the tapestry of the Catholic faith. This, by far, is one of my favorite things about being Catholic. It is not necessary for a culture to be obliterated or brought into conformity with any universal set of norms to be Catholic. The beauty and meaning and ritual that already exist within a society can be offered a Christian significance. Some critics call this “syncretism.” I call it awesome.

L — Los Muertos. Mexican Catholics combine traditional Aztec celebrations for the dead and the Catholic tradition of All Saints Day into El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). This year make your own altar for El Dia de los Muertos. Include a crucifix, images and statues of your favorite saints, and pictures of deceased family, friends and loved ones, as well as their favorite treats. El Dia de los Muertos is a day to remember that by the power of Christ’s death and resurrection the separation and pain death causes is not permanent… not ultimately triumphant. It’s a day to invite the souls of our departed loved ones to draw near in anticipation of our eternal togetherness in heaven. Check out this short BBC documentaryon El Dia de Los Muertos.

 

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