All Saints Day Reflection; All Saints Day, the day on which Catholics celebrate all the saints, known and unknown, is a surprisingly old feast. It arose out of the Christian tradition of celebrating the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their martyrdom. When martyrdom increased during the persecutions of the late Roman Empire, local dioceses instituted a common feast day in order to ensure that all martyrs, known and unknown, were properly honored.
For me, I like to make this feast a lot more personal. I see today as the feast day of my daughter and my friends that are in heaven. It gives me joy that they are with God, safe and at peace. The gift of faith assures us that we will meet again and while most of the saints are unknown to us there are a few that we shall know the moment we see them.
As for my special saint that I know and love, I will run to her and give her a big hug. What a wonderful gift our faith is!