In One Communion Ever Knit

[Oops, sorry, this post is one day late, so happy belated All Saints’]Saints, Giovanni del Biondo, 1367

For all thy saints, O Lord,
who strove in thee to live,
who followed thee. obeyed, adored,
our grateful hymn receive,

For all thy saints, O Lord,
who strove in thee to die,
who counted thee their great reward,
accept our thankful cry.

Jesus, thy name we bless,
and humbly pray that we
may follow them in holiness
to live and die in thee.

Thine earthly members fit
to join thy saints above,
in one communion ever knit,
one fellowship of love.

All praise to Thee, O Lord,
the Father and the Son,
and Holy Spirit, bond of love,
while endless ages run.  Amen.

Happy All Saints’, everyone!  We just love this feast day, celebrating all our heavenly friends, known and unknown, and asking their intercession.  As always, we draw a saint’s name on this day, a helper to turn to throughout the year, and to learn more about.  Technology makes this so easy, and we love Jennifer Fulweiler’s Saint’s Name Generator.  Please click the link and let a member of the Church triumphant choose you!

The saints who chose us this year range from well-known to unheard of (at least by us):

  • Sr. Grace Marie – Bl. Marie Rose Durocher
  • Sr. Elizabeth Marie – St. Dorothea of Montau
  • Sr. Mary Peter – St. John Vianney

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In addition to the ordinary blessings of this wonderful feast day, we also had the extra-ordinary blessing of having Fr. Kevin Peek, of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, celebrate Mass in our chapel this morning.  Sr. Mary Peter met him many years ago in Atlanta, and when we saw him at Mass yesterday she couldn’t believe it.  Thank you, Father, for your reverent celebration of the Mass and your beautiful homily.

The Church and the Saints

lam_gods_grtHappy Solemnity of All Saints!  This is one of our favorite feast days of the year because it’s  such a consolation to celebrate all our friends in heaven, interceding for us and helping us.      And today’s feast reminds us that all of our trials, sufferings and pains, borne with love for Christ, will have an end one day because we are made for life with God in heaven.

Fr. Phillips’ homily today gave us food for thought, as he pointed out some things we had never heard before.  Making saints is part of the Church’s identity; if she didn’t make saints she wouldn’t truly be the Church founded by Christ.  And the marks of the Church – she is one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic – are also the character of the saints.

  • One: the communion of saints are united with each other because they are united with Christ.
  • Holy: the saints are holy; that’s what “saint” means, after all.  They fully grasped God’s grace on a daily basis and were transformed into His likeness.
  • Catholic: Catholic means universal.  Holiness is the same at all times, in all places; this standard doesn’t change because it was given us by Our Lord, and His model for holiness will never change because He is unchanging.  All the saints confessed the same faith throughout the ages; the same faith for which the martyrs died is the same faith which we profess today, and which we hand on to future generations.
  • Apostolic: apostolos means “to commission” or “to send forth”.  The lives of the saints were apostolic.  They were living Gospels who shared the faith with the world by the witness of their lives.  Their holiness was not for themselves, not something to be hoarded or to benefit themselves alone, but it was for the whole world, and for all times and people.  Even the most hidden saints, the ones whose names we will never know, made an impact on the world with their holiness and prayers which we won’t fully understand until we get to heaven.

Call upon the saints, they are powerful and they’re always ready to help us.  Every year on this day we draw a saint’s name at random and invoke their help throughout the year.  It often gives us an opportunity to learn about someone new.  They say the saints choose you, so why not let a saint choose you today?  Click here to go to Jennifer Fulwiler’s Saint’s Name Generator.

Let the saints choose you

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Have you picked your saint yet?  It’s our tradition to draw a saint’s name from a basket every All Saints Day.  We always end up learning about at least one new saint we never knew about, and we have another friend in heaven to call upon for help.  If you haven’t picked out a saint today, or rather, if you haven’t let a saint pick you, click on the link to go to Jennifer Fulwiler’s Saint’s Name Generator.

And don’t forget to let us know which saint you get!

Sr. Grace Marie made up a basket of saints to pick from and here are some of the saints we got: St. Thomas, St. Frances Cabrini, St. Bruno, St. Therese, St. Padre Pio, and St. Clare of Montefalco.