Thank you Crow,
What a beautiful and so comprehensive overview of what the true meaning and history of Halloween is with its twists and turns over time of being influenced by various cultures and customs that overlapped or borrowed certain aspects of the holiday. For me what centers on the true beauty of its importance is this “properly to be attended by a reverence for the dead and for life, for the souls and for mortality, all the time accompanied by a joy that flows from the knowledge that our dearest ones are close to us and that death has been vanquished by the Risen Christ.” I love that aspect of the celebration which is to give reverence to our departed loved ones while reflecting on our memories with them as indeed all the saints and martyrs as well, all having gone on to be judged before God and Jesus in the presence of the Holy Ghost and by the redemption by Christ Jesus a New Everlasting Life begins and that our loved ones in so much as we have faith in Jesus Christ and our salvation to eternal life through Him that our loved ones who have passed may surely through our prayers have been given forgiveness for their sins and be in heaven where we hope in our hearts to someday be with them when our time comes to pass on. I think making this sort of timeline or connecting of dots between the here and now with the hereafter as a progression of beauty is a good thing for all ages and it to me shows life and death as always connected for we here in the material world, and one does obviously lead into the other. On this holiday spending some quality time with family members and praying for our departed loved ones and each other as we live our lives in the present is a good faith building tool as I see it, and shouldn’t be put down at all. It’s when over commercialization and concocting of the celebration occurs that it becomes jaded or poisoned in its intent and purpose! Thank you for expanding my horizons about Halloween and I already love the celebration more as this richer understanding helps me to feel close to all those I loved while they were here and have moved on to death and eternity with God the Father I pray and hope through Jesus Christ and feel their love as I know they must through the Father in heaven know I love them.
Happy and a Blessed All Saints Day Halloween to all! 🙏✝️🙏😇❤️
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III
We thank our co-author, Crow, for allowing us to share this insightful article from her excellent Facebook page, “Venite Prandete”. Go there for links to sources, and for some delicious typical Halloween recipes at the bottom of the article. (CP&S team)
As Catholics we are faced with a question, especially those with young children. Do we engage with Halowe’en, and, if so, on what terms? Do we reject the festivities as a pagan ceremony? Or do we submit to celebrating it in a half-way accommodation by dressing the children as saints, thereby endeavouring to sanctify a festival that is, in the most part, commercialized and empty of meaning?
It may be that the answer is not completely binary and resides in a rediscovery and a reapplication of the traditional Catholic roots of Hallowe’en – that Catholics revisit and recognise Hallowe’en as a Catholic festival which has been appropriated and…
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