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WOF 410: It’s Time for Catholics to Embrace Halloween w/ Fr. Steve Grunow

Today, we share a discussion between Brandon Vogt and Fr. Steve Grunow, Word on Fire’s CEO and resident Halloween expert.

Several years back, Fr. Steve wrote an article for Word on Fire’s website titled “It’s Time for Catholic to Embrace Halloween” that went viral and remains one of our most popular articles of all time.

In today’s discussion, Fr. Steve explains what Halloween is fundamentally about, whether it is of pagan origin, and what a properly Catholic celebration of Halloween looks like.

00:00 | Intro
00:56 | Why is Halloween fascinating?
02:11 | What is Halloween fundamentally about?
03:10 | All Saints, All Souls, and Halloween
05:01 | Excesses in how Halloween is sometimes celebrated
06:36 | Is Halloween essentially a pagan holiday?
08:33 | Is Halloween evil, a doorway to darkness?
11:10 | Memento mori and Halloween
12:34 | Connection between Halloween and costumes
14:18 | “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”
14:54 | Candy and Halloween
16:31 | What would a properly Catholic celebration of Halloween look like?

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