Posted by: fvbcdm | November 1, 2012

Solemnity of All Saints (1 Nov 2012)

We begin our meditation today with a question and answer from the Compendium to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Question # 387 is: “What is hope?”  and the answer is: “Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire and await from God, eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises, and relying on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit to merit it and to persevere to the end of our earthly life.”  There is a tremendous amount of theology and doctrine in that fairly brief answer; we could spend many hours “unpacking” it, as they say.

Today, the Solemnity of All Saints, is one of the three great Christian festivals of hope.  The other two are the Ascension of Our Divine Lord into heaven, and the Assumption of Our Blessed Mother into heaven.  When we put these three facts and our celebration of them together, we find ourselves standing on this earth, in the midst of this life, lifting the eyes of our faith to heaven, and seeing there Christ our Savior, who is also Jesus, our dearest Friend; his holy mother who is our mother, too, given to us by him on the cross, and then those men and women from the time of Adam and Eve to the present moment who have achieved their destiny and are with God in heaven.  We know who some of these happy people are: the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Testament, the apostles and holy men and women of the New Testament, and then all the saints since the time of the New Testament who have lived exemplary lives and have been canonized by the Church.  But we know that there are many more, too, whom we will know of only when — please God — we arrive in heaven ourselves.  It may well be that our own parents and grandparents are already there.  I surely hope they are. And then good people whom we have known: relatives, friends, teachers, figures in public life.  Whether the Church ever canonizes them or not, we can be sure that many of them are saints in heaven. 

The really nicest part of this meditation is that these people love us: Jesus, Mary, our patron saints, our guardian angels, other canonized saints to whom we have a special devotion, and then those good people whom we have known personally.  They love us, and we can be sure that they are doing what they can to assist in our salvation.  On his departure from his mother, his apostles, and his friends just before his ascension into heaven, Our Lord said to them, “I go to prepare a place for you so that where I am, you also may be.”  He said that, and he is doing that, because he loves us. All holy men and women imitate the benevolence of Jesus, and they too do what they can to contribution to our salvation.  So you see, this feast of All Saints has a past, a present, and a future.  Our Lord and Our Lady entered heaven in the past; we can seek their help and that of so many other now in the present. And then, WE are the future!  We fervently hope that at the moment of our death, Our Lord will find us worthy of admittance into eternal life.  “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.”  Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God Bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This is a CDM composed by Father Brown in the past.


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