Having shared last year for November how I hope to have published a book on the Eucharist, and how halloween should be renamed Hallowsseen, November can stand out for ‘All Holy Ones:’ as saints, too, can help to co-sanctify us. Hallowsseen might be accepted by any mainly Christian secular society, yet within the Catholic Church HallowsSseen would better. Why? The ‘S’ is for its Solemnity status. Also in the manuscript for the book I have “Angel or Saint” to rid of the more paganic origins of halloween: including “trick or treat.” The actual origin is plural of ‘All Hallows Evening.’ Far better to drop in a piece of candy with a holy card, too. Also, rather than any Spookfest for parishes (as in Texan towns), ‘SaintsFest’ would stand out and for blessings of bread, candy, and explanations of how Solemnities have the most graces at a Mass: after them Feasts (as of the Apostles, etc.), and after them Memorials (more than optional ones, only). Too, how honoring one’s patronal saint day at Mass would bring in special extra graces: for God wants us to honor our patron saints, too. Even if it’s Bl. Mother Theresa, one could see if any nearby parish would honor her at Mass. Even if not, one can do so privately at the Mass.
Truly it’s far more blessed to honor saints and angels than display witches, warlocks, or spiders and skeletal stuff: besides holy costumes vs. diabolical ones. Relatedly, while drafting this into tomorrow’s memorial of various saints (as many are in daily calendars), there’s a great ‘Mystically Rosey’ one. How? For her outstanding Prayer, Sacrifice, and Penance as a Cistercian Sister. Who? Saint Emilina of Boulancourt at Longeville, France. She not only had deep Prayer life, yet fasted weekly for three days without even any food or drink – Sacrifice. As for Penance, she wore a pointed chain under her habit and walked barefoot. Many would visit her, and she’d convert some. She died at the age of the BVM (as Bl. Emmerick learned – 63 years), and in the 12th c.
HOLY, Hearty, Happy Month of All Holy Ones!
Fr. Ed, Mexico, SOLT, yet MRMS too in spirit.
Here’s a picture of St. EMILINA >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
May Our Lady ever-flowering & overflowing with graces & blessings unfold in us The 3-Fold indwelling Divinity (of Her 3 'Roses') to ever spring, sing, & ring alive.
Amatissima semper esto Maria Rosa Mystica!
Most Beloved ever be Maria Rosa Mystica!