Solemnity of All Saints

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Study: Consider the people who inspire you.  What qualities do they possess that speak to your mind and heart?

Pray: Invoke your favorite saint(s) in you daily prayers.  Remember that they are cheering you on the journey of faith!

Serve: How can you be an example and witness to others?  How can your life draw others closer to the Lord?

Solemnity of All Saints Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

When you think of saints, what comes to mind?

  • Angel wings?
  • Halos and extra holiness?
  • Serene, smiling faces in clean white robes?

How about this: survivors!

Saints come in all shapes and forms – men & women, young & old, rich & poor, with a variety of abilities, challenges, and opportunities.  Yet all of them share some common traits:

  1. They had their share of struggles.  Life brought them obstacles and difficulties.
  2. They had their share of blessings.  They experienced beauty and grace.
  3. They made mistakes.  Sometimes their sins were epic…with horrible consequences.
  4. They returned to Christ.  Over, and over, and over again!

We celebrate the saints this Sunday, recognizing in their lives the hope we have in Jesus Christ.  The Lord makes the path to heaven possible, and the saints have walked on the way before us.  They made it!  Not because they were perfect, but because they turned (and returned) to the Lord.

They are our inspiration.  In our struggles, in our blessings, in our mistakes…we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ.  We have hope that the one who bridged the gap between heaven and earth will continue to support and guide us on our journey to eternal life.

Do you have favorite saints?  Call upon them for help!  Are you unfamiliar with the saints?  Check out any of the links below and get started learning some more about the supernatural heroes who cheer us on to eternal victory.

Mary and all the Saints…PRAY FOR US!

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All Saints Picture, Albrecht Durer; 1511, oil on panel, 441 x 500 pixels, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.

About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at studyprayserve.com and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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