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The Meaning of All Saints Day

November 1, 2020

All Saints Day emphasizes the universality of the call to sanctity. If you isolate a given saint—Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas—they can seem so far beyond us. But All Saints Day emphasizes not only canonized saints but also all the ordinary people, forgotten to history, who God has remembered as saintly. And it reminds us that being a saint is the ordinary goal of Christian life. Everything in the Church—preaching, Scripture, sacraments, the Eucharist, everything—is meant to conduce to the place where we become saints.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Revelation 7:2-14
Psalm – Psalm 24:1-6
Reading 2 – 1 John 3:1-3
Gospel – Matthew 5:1-12