St. Therese of Lisieux to St. Anthony to St. Francis de Sales, there is someone in Heaven who can intercede for us in every area of our lives.
According to Catholic Online, All Saints' Day started as celebrations of martyrs of the Church.
In the fourth century, it was common practice to mark the anniversary of a martyr’s death at the site where he or she was martyred. But there were more martyrs than days in the year — and many were martyred together in groups. In order not to miss anyone, it became necessary to establish a general memorial. In the ninth century, Pope Gregory IV declared Nov. 1 as the day for the entire Church Militant (those on Earth) to honor all the Church Triumphant (those in Heaven).
My husband and I are going to an evening Mass today to celebrate the feast day, and I'm excited about it. I pray to saints throughout the year, and this will give me an opportunity to thank them for praying for me and watching over me.
And as I've grown closer to Mary, I've learned why the saints are so important to so many of the faithful.
How you find the saint and connect with him or her doesn't matter too much (although I'm sure it does to you). Sometimes it will be a saint whose life reminds you of your own. Other times, it will be a saint who has qualities you admire. Or perhaps a saint whose patronage or heritage is important to you.
I think saints are more "accessible," too. Of course we pray to the Lord, but the saints were, at one time, just normal people. That's encouraging to normal people like me. Kind of the way people like to see celebrities in sweat pants with no make-up on, I guess.
What saints are you celebrating today?