The name Halloween comes from the words All Hallow’s Eve, the night before All Saints Day (November 1), which is the day we celebrate all the men and women who with great courage followed Jesus.

The saints were like the pumpkins we see at Halloween.  They allowed God to carve and shape them, dig out their selfishness and sin so they could be our spiritual heroes and bearers of Christ’s light in a world that is often dark and scary.  We too are called to be saints, so that we can be the light for the world. We too can be the spiritual heroes for each other by our generosity in following the call of Christ.

So together with all the saints and all the holy peoples throughout the world, let us pray for those same courageous hearts who carry on the great work of Christ in the world.