|Dome of the Great Cloud of Witnesses|
Saints of God
be with us,
rejoice with us,
In a week’s time we will be celebrating All Saints Day. The day before, of course, is All Hallows Eve, a.k.a. Halloween. That brought to mind the words holy and hallow. Did you know the word holy is Anglo Saxon for hallow meaning whole? I’m sure you noticed how the word whole sounds exactly like the word hole. Hole also is Anglo Saxon and it means hollow. It is like two sides of a coin: hallow/whole, hollow/hole. That is what I am like, what you are like…striving to be holy but full of holes! But that does not stop us from being faithful witnesses of our Risen Savior for by the holes in the hands and feet and side of the One who endured the cross we are healed. Healed, by the way, is again Anglo Saxon meaning to be made whole. So we become healed - whole – holy.
All Hallows Eve is our foundress, Ven. Maria Celeste’s birthday. She is part of the great cloud of witnesses the reading spoke of in Hebrews. We believe she is one of the saints in glory. Along with St. Gerard and St. Alphonsus, Celeste planted seeds throughout her life praying for the salvation, the wholeness, the holiness of all souls. Let us do the same. Let us strive to join them in that great cloud by planting our own seeds of holiness. Let us water our seeds of holiness by renewing our vows