As an Orthodox Christain and lover of all things Orthodox, All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day are quite significant for me.

All Saints Day also known as Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints, is a Christain Festival celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. In Western Christianity, it is celebrated on 1 November by the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Methodist Church, The Lutheran Church….basically mostly Orthodox Churches. Oriental Orthodox Churches and associated Eastern Catholic churches celebrate All Saints’ Day on the first Friday after Easter.
Individuals throughout the Church Universal are honoured, such as Paul the Apostle, Augustine of Hippo and John Wesley, in addition to individuals who have personally led one to faith in Jesus, such as one’s grandmother or friend.

For me when I think about Saints, I think about Stephen in the Bible – a Martyr who died for the faith. I think about my paternal Grandmother. I think about my best friend.

If we can call these people who were close to us Saints, it means we too can be Saints by simply living holy lives and totally believing in Jesus and striving daily to be GOOD.

That is why this poem which has been loosely attributed to Pope John Paul II and/or Pope Francis – although there is no official authentication of who said it or who inspired it – means a lot to me:

We need saints without cassocks, without veils 

We need saints with jeans and tennis shoes. 

We need saints that go to the movies that listen to music that hang out with their friends. 

We need saints that place God in first place ahead of succeeding in any career. 

We need saints that look for time to pray every day and who know how to be in love with purity, chastity and all good things. 

We need saints, saints for the 21st century with a spirituality appropriate to our new time. 

We need saints that have a commitment to helping the poor and to make the needed social change. 
We need saints to live in the world, to sanctify the world and to not be afraid of living in the world by their presence in it. 

We need saints that drink Coca-Cola, that eat hot dogs, that surf the internet and that listen to their iPods. 

We need saints that love the Eucharist, that are not afraid or embarrassed to eat a pizza or drink a beer with their friends. 

We need saints who love the movies, dance, sports, theater.  

We need saints that are open, sociable, normal, happy companions. 

We need saints who are in this world and who know how to enjoy the best in this world without being callous or mundane. 

We need saints.




All Souls Day is also called – The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day). All Souls’ Day is viewed as an extension of the observance of All Saints’ Day and it serves to “remember those who have died”, in connection with the theological doctrines of the resurrection of the body and the Communion of Saints….

Which reminds me of the last lines of the ever beautiful Apostle Creed:

...I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen….

What this simply means….resurrection of the body, communion of saints and all…is that there is an assurance that we would meet again with those who we loved but have lost through death.

These two days for me are just reminders that I too can be a Saint without having to be ordained as a Priest or a deacon etc. What this means is that I understand life is too short and every minute should be an attempt to create a life worth living…so that at the end of it all; friends and family would look back and think of my kindness, my humility, my goodworks, my passion for life…

This post was promoted by the picture above. Chuka has been dead for six months now and seeing his comment on one of my Facebook pictures pulled my heart strings. It reminded me of how little our time on earth is. It reminded me of the importance of living in the NOW and just being good.

I felt it was ironical – yet significant – that I was seeing this on All Saints/All Souls Day.

I think about those I have lost and smile because they lived deliberately and were Saints in their own way. I pray that their Souls keep resting In Peace.

Remember:

We need saints to live in the world, to sanctify the world and to not be afraid of living in the world by their presence in it. 
We need saints that have a commitment to helping the poor and to make the needed social change. 

You do not have to be a Priest

Or

Wear a Cassock

You too

Can be a Saint…