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  • "The Now and Not Yet of All God's Saints" (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on Matthew 5:1-12, 1 John 3:1-3, Revelation 7:9-17)

    11/06/2021 8:00:02 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 7, 2021 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Now and Not Yet of All God’s Saints” (Matthew 5:1-12; 1 John 3:1-3; Revelation 7:9-17) Today, as we do every year on the first Sunday in November, we observe the historic Christian festival known as All Saints’ Day. On this day we thank God for making us all his saints, his holy ones, set apart by God’s grace to belong to God alone. We thank God for the saints of the past, those who have preceded us in the faith, who by the witness of their lives inspire us and encourage us to carry on. And we remember the...
  • Catholic Priests Who Have Maskless Moms Arrested Are Tyrants, Not Heroes

    04/12/2021 7:08:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 12, 2021 | Carina Benton
    Pastors who bully parishioners over masks appear to have forgotten the soul-saving mission of the church, and are instead tyrannizing those they should serve.Despite Texas Gov. Greg Abbot’s repeal of the state mask mandate, a pregnant Catholic mother was kicked out of Mass in the Diocese of Dallas for failing to wear a mask.Father Milton Ryan, pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, is alleged to have called the police while the service was underway and have the young mother threatened with arrest for trespass. Deidre Hairston returned to her pew after receiving communion, with her one-year-old baby in her arms,...
  • "For All the Saints, With All the Saints" (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on Revelation 7:9-17)

    10/31/2020 11:26:54 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 1, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “For All the Saints, With All the Saints” (Revelation 7:9-17) Yesterday, October 31, was Reformation Day, when we remember how Martin Luther had to break with the Roman Catholic Church. Luther made it clear that we are saved by grace through faith in Christ alone and not in the slightest measure by our works. This teaching of justification is the central teaching of the Christian faith. It is the article by which the church stands or falls. And the Lutheran Church is still waiting for the Catholic Church to correct her errors, but she has yet to do so. So...
  • Can Halloween be Christianized Again?

    10/28/2020 8:02:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    Return to Order ^ | October 2018 | John Horvat II
    As Halloween approaches, the debate over whether Catholics should join in the celebrations has reignited. Many claim it is a harmless holiday for children that Catholics may freely participate in. Others affirm that it has now descended into dark regions with the return of pagan and Satanic imagery. It should thus be off limits. And then there are those who look for a third way somewhere in-between. They propose alternative celebrations, All Saints Day commemorations or fall festivals. In this way, Halloween, an originally Catholic feast, can be “re-Christianized” and re-purposed to promote the Faith. They hope to turn Halloween...
  • It's Time for Catholics to Embrace Halloween

    10/28/2020 10:23:41 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 25 replies
    Word On Fire ^ | October 31, 2019 | Fr. Steve Grunow
    ...The Church has surrendered the party to the secular culture. It has happened with Halloween. It is happening with Christmas.... I would draw a distinction between the violent, macabre imagery that characterizes the modern appropriation of Halloween as a kind of secular celebration and the more traditional customs that are characteristic of a Catholic cultural ethos. The descent of Halloween into the madness of an annual fright fest is a relatively recent development, but the true substance of Halloween belongs to the Church. Halloween (or “All Hallows Eve”) is the festive precursor to the celebration of the Church’s public commemoration...
  • "Thanking God for All the Saints" (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on Revelation 7:9-17)

    11/03/2019 12:50:43 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 3, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Thanking God for All the Saints” (Revelation 7:9-17) Last week we celebrated Reformation Day. We remembered how Martin Luther broke with the Roman Catholic Church by saying that we are saved by grace through faith, faith in Christ, and not in the slightest measure by our works. This is the eternal gospel that Luther proclaimed loud and clear. And this doctrine of justification is the central teaching of the Christian faith. It is the article on which the church stands or falls. Sad to say, Rome has never corrected her errors on this most important teaching. And so this is...
  • The Catholic Origins of Halloween

    10/29/2019 10:33:27 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 84 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | October 25, 3017 | Florentius
    Contrary to popular misconceptions, All Saints Day and its vigil, Halloween, are not the same as the pagan feast known as Samhain. The feast of All Saints developed independently among Christian churches within the territory of the later Roman Empire. Halloween is merely the vigil of the feast of All Saints -- hence, All Hallows Eve. Samhain, meanwhile, was theoretically a festival of those pagans in Celtic regions outside the Roman Empire, specifically Ireland, about which almost nothing is known prior to the 12th century AD. The two feasts seem to share a common date, but beyond that, their provenance...
  • "A Caravan of Pilgrims--with Homeland Security!" (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on Hebrews 11:13-16)

    11/02/2018 10:23:12 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 4, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Caravan of Pilgrims--with Homeland Security!” (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on Hebrews 11:13-16) There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about “the caravan.” I’m referring of course to the migrant caravan working its way up through Mexico, heading for the border with the U.S.A. These are not U.S. citizens. Now many of them may be seeking a better life here in America and have good intentions. But there could also be MS-13 gang members, criminals, drug dealers, terrorists, and others who do not want to enter legally, mixed in the crowd. Therefore, immigration officials and Homeland...
  • All Saints 2009

    10/29/2009 5:12:00 PM PDT · by Mad Dawg · 1 replies · 186+ views
    Friar Blog, the Dominican Province of St. Joseph ^ | October 29, 2009 | Fr. Brian Mulcahy, O.P.
    Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. It's easy to forget sometimes that being a child of God, having the privilege of calling God our Father is itself a gift -- that you and I have no personal claims, no right to be called a "child of God" apart from the grace that comes to us in our Lord Jesus Christ.  The fact that you and I have been made sons and daughters of our heavenly Father is pure gift.  As it says in...
  • On the Mockery of Satan

    12/19/2017 9:15:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Mockery of Satan Msgr. Charles Pope • December 18, 2017 • One of the common themes in demonology is the way Satan engages in the mockery of holy things. Most widely known are the Satanic “black masses.” Satanic mockery is also widely on display on Halloween, when the eve of all hallows (all saints) becomes a parade of the ghoulish, ugly, violent, unchaste, or just plain evil. Recently costume makers have mocked women religious by promoting costumes depicting pregnant nuns or religious habits altered to promote unchaste thoughts and depict religious life as lewd. No other religious...
  • "Who Are These, Clothed in White Robes?" (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on Revelation 7:9-17)

    11/04/2017 10:54:09 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 10 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 5, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Who Are These, Clothed in White Robes?” (Revelation 7:9-17) Today, on this first Sunday in November, we observe All Saints’ Day. On All Saints’ Day, we rejoice that we are part of that great communion of saints that is the church of Christ, both the church on earth and the church in heaven. All the saints, all those made holy by the blood of Christ. Saints, holy ones, set apart to belong to God alone. All saints, all of us who have been baptized into Christ and clothed with his righteousness. On All Saints’ Day we commemorate the faithful departed,...
  • Some Thoughts on the Feast of All Saints

    11/01/2016 7:41:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Thoughts on the Feast of All Saints Msgr. Charles Pope • October 31, 2016 • Today is the Feast of All Saints. Some saints of the Church have a particular day on the calendar associated with them and are commonly recognized by name. Many more, though not as familiar to us, are still known by God and have been caught up with Him to glory. Today is their day, the day of the countless multitude who have made it home to glory by God’s grace and by their “Amen” to the gracious call of God. Let’s consider these...
  • Ninety-Nine and a Half Won’t Do – A Homily for the Feast of All Saints

    11/01/2015 6:44:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Ninety-Nine and a Half Won’t Do – A Homily for the Feast of All Saints Msgr. Charles Pope • October 31, 2015 • Today is the Feast of All Saints. Some saints of the Church have a particular day on the calendar associated with them and are commonly recognized by name. Many more, though not as familiar to us, are still known by God and have been caught up with Him to glory. Today is their day, the day of the countless multitude who have made it home to glory by God’s grace and by their “Amen”...
  • "Church Militant, Church Triumphant: All Saints" (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on Revelation 7:2-17

    10/31/2015 8:35:05 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 1, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Church Militant, Church Triumphant: All Saints" (Revelation 7:2-17)Today, November 1, is All Saints' Day on the church-year calendar. This is a day for remembering our departed fellow Christians--those saints of old, as well as those from our own past--who have fallen asleep in Jesus and who now rest from their labors. Today we give thanks to God for keeping them in the faith; we are encouraged by the example of their perseverance amid affliction; and we rejoice and are filled with hope as we look forward to the glory that awaits us all. All Saints' Day serves all of these...
  • Halloween and Catholicism

    10/31/2013 10:37:58 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 42 replies
    uCatholic.com ^ | 10-31-13 | Fr. Steve Grunow
    I always figured that Halloween had pagan roots, but you are telling me they are Catholic. Huh? How so?The origin and traditional customs associated with Halloween require no other explanation than that they are examples of the kinds of festivity that served as a means of celebrating the various holy days of the Catholic Liturgical Year. This includes everything from masquerades, feasting, and the associations of a given day of the year with supernatural or spiritual truths. I would draw a distinction between the violent, macabre imagery that characterizes the modern appropriation of Halloween as a kind of secular celebration...
  • Halloween and All Saints Day

    10/30/2014 6:23:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    CE.com ^ | 10-30-14 | Fr. William Saunders
    Halloween and All Saints Day Fr. William Saunders Q: What are the origins of All Saints Day and All Souls Day? Are these linked with paganism and Halloween?Both the feast of All Saints and the feast of All Souls evolved in the life of the Church independently of paganism and Halloween. Let us first address the feast of All Saints. The exact origins of this celebration are uncertain, although, after the legalization of Christianity in A.D. 313, a common commemoration of the saints, especially the martyrs, appeared in various areas throughout the Church. For instance in the East, the city...
  • Why Christians Should Love Halloween

    10/29/2014 8:59:37 AM PDT · by millegan · 44 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Rachel Lu
    Frank Weathers says he’s done apologizing for Halloween. I’m way ahead of him. I never started. Halloween is a great holiday! I think it’s ridiculous that so many people think they’re pious for boycotting what should be a wonderful spiritual and evangelical opportunity. Plus, a lot of fun. Here’s what I love about Halloween:
  • "Who We Are and What We Will Be" (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on 1 John 3:1-3)

    11/02/2013 10:02:20 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 3, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Who We Are and What We Will Be” (1 John 3:1-3)Today as we observe All Saints’ Day, we look back and remember with thanksgiving the saints who have gone before us, who now rest from their labors and are with the Lord. We look around us, and even though we cannot see them, we know that we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses to the faith, all of us united in the one great communion of saints, the whole church on earth and in heaven. And we look ahead, we look forward with hopefulness to the day...
  • Solemnity of All Saints [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    10/30/2013 12:12:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    ChurchYear.net ^ | 2004 | David Bennett
    The Solemnity of All Saints Day What is the Catholic Christian Holiday All Saints Day? All Saints Day Definition and Meaning What is All Saints Day? It is when the Catholic Church and some Protestant churches commemorate every saint, known and unknown. The eve of All Saints is known as All Hallows Eve, or Halloween. It falls on November 1st. Prayers: All Saints Day Prayers Basic Facts/Meaning About All Saints Day Liturgical Color(s): White Type of Holiday:Solemnity, Holy Day of Obligation (West); Feast (East) Time of Year: November 1 (in Orthodox Churches, the Sunday after Pentecost) Duration: One Day...
  • "Blessed Are the Hungry and Thirsty" (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on Matthew 5:1-12)

    11/05/2011 9:15:43 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 6, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Blessed Are the Hungry and Thirsty” (Matthew 5:1-12)Are you hungry? Are you thirsty? Yes? Good. That’s a good place to be. Blessed, in fact. That’s what Jesus says in our Gospel for today: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” And so our theme this morning: “Blessed Are the Hungry and Thirsty.” Now it may sound strange to hear Jesus say that the hungry and thirsty are actually “blessed.” It doesn’t sound like any kind of a blessing to be suffering from hunger or thirst. But strangely enough it is. Because Jesus says...