S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Monday, October 30, 2006

I Believe in the COMMUNION of SAINTS

The Universal Church celebrates this day All Saints Day. In the liturgical life of the Church, All Saints Day is a Solemnity, and a Solemnity is the highest, as it were, in the hierarchy of liturgical celebrations. It is just fitting that we celebrate it as a Solemnity.
Every Sunday when we profess our faith through the Apostles' (or the Nicene) Creed, we say that "We believe... in the Communion of Saints..." The Communion of Saints is such a wonderful Catholic doctrine. It expresses our real nature, as it were, as Christians, as baptized Catholics. In baptism we were immersed into the life of Christ. And as St. Paul puts it in his letter to the Ephesians, "God chose us in Christ before the world began to be holy and blameless in His sight..." (Eph 1: 4). This makes us all Saints then.

Stain Glass depicting the Unity of the Saints

Yes, we are all Saints. And this wonderful Solemnity reminds us that we are connected to this wonderful link or communion of Saints. We were sanctified by the blood of Jesus' cross and we are continuously challenged to live holy lives.
So as we celebrate this Solemn day then, and as we profess our faith in the liturgy, let us be reminded that we all are saints, called to live a life of sanctity. Let us ask the Saints in heaven then, that they may assist us always with their prayers and that like them, we may reach heaven and share in the fullness of God's glory. AMEN.


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