SAINT OF THE DAY: 01 NOVEMBER, 2013

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All Saints Day

The Church day by day gives special veneration to one or more of the holy men and women who have helped to establish it by their blood, develop it by their labors, or edify it by their virtues.

But, in addition to those whom the Church honors by special designation or has inscribed in her calendar, how many martyrs are there whose names are not recorded!

How many humble virgins and holy penitents!

How many unknown anchorites and monks, Christian fathers and mothers, young children snatched away in their innocence!

How many courageous Christians, whose merits are known only to God and His heavenly court!

Should we forget those who remember us in their intercession?

Are not some among them our ancestors?

Members of our immediate family? our friends and fellow-Christians, with whom we have lived in daily companionship?

In fact, all of Heaven is but one family — Our Lord’s, as He Himself said: Who is My mother and who are My brethren?

And stretching forth His hand towards His disciples, He said, Behold My mother and My brethren!

For whoever does the Will of My Father in heaven, is My brother and sister and mother.

Today we have the opportunity to thank God, if at other times we forget, for their aid and their love.

And today we adore Him with them, for the grace which raised them to their present joy.

The Church requires this homage of us, by making this day a holy day of obligation for all.

Our place, too, is awaiting us in this home of eternal light, peace and love, if we persevere to the end in the fulfillment of God’s holy Will.

(SOURCE: Butler’s Lives of the Saints and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894).)

READING OF THE DAY: 01 NOVEMBER, 2013

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wWhen 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.

Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” -Matthew 5:1-12a.