Greetings on this the Solemnity of All Saints
Readings: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14; PS 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12a
Notes: “What you are now, we once were, what we are now, you will become.”
This feast first honored martyrs. Later, when Christians were free to worship according to their consciences, the Church acknowledged other paths to sanctity. In the early centuries the only criterion was popular acclaim, even when the bishop’s approval became the final step in placing a commemoration on the calendar. The first papal canonization occurred in 993; the lengthy process now required to prove extraordinary sanctity took form in the last 500 years. Today’s feast honors the obscure as well as the famous—the saints each of us have known.
After this I had a vision of a great multitude,
which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
They cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.”
Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.
“What you are now, we once were, what we are now, you will become.”
Six small rooms named each by body parts.
The remains of Capuchins friars.
Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins
Peace be with you,