Posted by: liturgicalyear | November 1, 2011

All Saints Day

Today we celebrate the Feast of All Saints, a feast instituted by the Church by Pope Saint Boniface IV in 609 to honor all the saints, known and unknown.

I’d venture a guess that when most of us think of saints, we think of Saints with a capital “S” – you know, the biggies…St. Anthony, St. Joseph, St. Catherine.  This day remembers them, but it also remembers the lesser known who have been raised to sainthood in the Church and all those holy men and women whose names are unknown to us, yet they stand before the throne of God.  May we all be counted among them one day!

I checked out SQPN’s listing of the Saints the Church remembers today.  There’s a ton:

Don’t you just love the richness and depth of the Catholic faith?  When I think of the Church honoring those “saints known and unknown,” I think, “Even many of those who are ‘known’ are ‘unknown’ to most people.”  Throughout history on this day, the Church has honored 3 Old Testament women: Deborah, Rachel, and Ruth.  Did you know that?  I don’t know about you, but I really never thought about them being honored by the Church and being counted among the saints.  They are both known and unknown.

Take a look at the above names of our brothers and sisters who have gone before us “marked with the sign of faith” (Eucharistic Prayer I).  They are the “great cloud of witnesses,” (Heb 12:1) who cheer us on in “running the race that lies before us,” (Heb 12:1) so that we will be with them one day in heaven.  And how will we get there?

In today’s gospel, Jesus gives us the key to it all. – the Beatitudes:

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,  for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,  for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,  for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,  for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,  for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,  for your reward will be great in heaven.” (Mt 5:1-12)

So today, I encourage you to pray the Beatitudes and see how you can apply them in your daily life.  Look at each one.  Drink it in.  Aks the Holy Spirit to show you how you can grow more and more like Jesus, so that one day you too will be counted among the saints.

All Holy Men and Women, Pray for us!  Anne



  1. I AM LOOKING FOR THE 3miracles saint valentin f. Berriochoa was cannonized with. Does anyone know what they are. Iused to know but regret I have forgotton ay help will bemuch appriciated, God BLess and thankyou

    Tom berriochoa wheeler

    • Tom, I am not aware of nor have I found 3 miracles associated with St. Valentine. If I run across them, I’ll let you know. His cause for sainthood was most likely due to the fact that he was martyred. Anne

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