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Newsletter - Lent 2014
Fr. David Durkee
Fr. James Klein
Letter for October 26, 2014
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Every year thousands, upon thousands of people, young and
old alike, celebrate one of the strangest of all festivals on October
It is usually a night of “trick or treat”. The kids/teenagers
dress up as witches, vampires, warlocks, ghosts and goblins.
They also dress up as a bum, Batman, Spider-Man, a princess,
with costumes of all kinds.
Is this simply an evening of harmless entertainment for the
whole family? What is the origin of the pagan festival and
what should be our Christian response to it?
While we Christians anticipate and celebrate a HOLY DAY,
in honor of ALL SAINTS, who enjoy eternal life in heaven,
the earliest Halloween celebrations were held in pre-Christian
Ireland and Scotland by the Druids.
October 31st was the eve of the Prince of Darkness—the
Lord of the Dead. The pagan people would practice fortunetelling
and occasionally have sacrificial rites to appease evil
spirits. Omens were cast and jack-o-lanterns and bonfires
were lit to ward off witches and grotesque goblins.
The Druids, an order of pagan priests in ancient Gaul and
Britain, believed that on Halloween, ghosts, spirits and
witches came out to harm people. They thought that the cat
was sacred and believed that cats had once been human beings
but were changed as punishment for evil deeds.
In the 700’s the Roman Catholic Church tried to suppress
the pagan influences and this feast of witches and evil spirits
by establishing November 1st a HOLY DAY in honor of
“Good Spirits”—ALL SAINTS DAY—eve of ALL SAINTS
While we Christians honor the presence of Divine Goodness
on the Saints, we must admit that we are heavily influenced
by evil in the world in the 21st century. We are simultaneously
frightened and entertained by these satanic rituals. Horror
movies are considered exciting and entertaining. A Christian
society is fascinated by movies entitled: Halloween, Friday
the 13th, Exorcist, Horror of Dracula.
We, of all people, ought to stress the beatitudes of the Saints.
The holiness of ALL SAINTS DAY is swallowed up by Halloween.
Why not be inspired by the movies of virtuous nature:
The Son of God, The Way, For Greater Glory, Gandhi,
Jesus of Nazareth, Song of Bernadette, A Man for all Seasons,
Saint Francis, The Mission. These classic movies will inspire
family life and family values.
HAPPY ALL SAINTS DAY!
P.S. Trick or Treat! What is your favorite chocolate—
Snickers, Milky Ways, KitKats, Twix, Hershey’s, Reese’s
Peanut Butter Cups, M&Ms?