I love all Saints Day. Besides the famous saints we all know, November 1 is the time for all the unsung heroes – people you and I know that have that aura of sanctity about them – often very humble faithful people who go unnoticed by the world. As we continue to hear echoes of the Second Vatican Council, certainly the universal call to holiness is a keystone. In response to our baptismal call, we should say that we all are called to become saints – saints that God has created us to become. Recently I tweeted a poster of Blessed John Paul II on October 22, his feast day. The headline included a quote from him: “Become who you are.” That is a saint: one who becomes fully whom God has created.
I also used to love Halloween. Now, since I live in the Cathedral rectory I don’t get to see children dressed up in their costumes and going from house to house. I recall it well in Knoxville and Pennsylvania. So many children came with such an excitement. What I really enjoyed were those days when children came to Catholic schools dressed as their favorite saints. I honestly don’t remember doing it myself as a child, but it was the practice in the parishes in which I served. Many forget that the vigil of All Saints or All Hallows Day is All Hallows Eve or Halloween.