SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS
Apocalypse 7:2-4, 9-14
Psalm 23: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6
1 John 3:1-3
Called to the Splendour of Holiness
The message of All Saints Day, or All Hallowmas as it was once called, is that all people — men, women, and children; the healthy and the sick; the rich and the poor; the married and the widowed; the single, the separated, and the divorced; the “very put together” and those not quite right in the head; the handsome and the homely; the clever and the simple — all, without exception, are called to the splendour of holiness.
Blessed Abbot Marmion says that, “When we celebrate the Feast of All Saints, we ought to repeat to ourselves the words that Saint Augustine heard: Cur non poteris quod isti, quod istae? What reasons have we for not tending to holiness? Oh, I know well what each one is tempted to say: ‘I have such or such a difficulty, I have such or such a trial to contend with, I cannot become a saint.’” “But be sure,” says