Holy Mother Church, always solicitous and anxious for our salvation, exults today with exceeding joy as she contemplates the glory of her children who, having reached their heavenly fatherland, are safe for all eternity, forever delivered from the snares of the evil one, and now numbered everlastingly among the elect, the people of God. Like a mother, proud of the triumph of her children, she presents them to the whole Christian world, inviting all the faithful to share her maternal joy: "Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a feast in honor of all the saints, at whose solemnity the angels rejoice and give praise to the Son of God: (Introit). ...
Who are these glorious saints? Men who have lived upon earth as we have, who have known our miseries, our difficulties, our struggles. Some of them we recognize easily, for the Church has raised them to the honors of the Altar, but the great majority are entirely unknown to us. They are humble people who lived obscurely in the accomplishment of duty, without display, without renown, whom no one here below remembers, but whom the heavenly Father looked upon, knew in secret, and, having proved their fidelity, called to His glory. The honorable positions occupied by some in this vast gathering, or the mighty deeds accomplished by others, no longer possess any value of themselves: eternal beatitude is not determined by the great things achieved here below. One thing only endures, for the humble and the great, the poor and the wealthy: the degree of love they had attained, to which corresponds the degree of glory which now renders them eternally happy. - Divine Intimacy, Feast of All Saints
Happy All Saints Day!
Our church always has a big picnic with costumes and games to celebrate All Saints Day. In honor of the Holy Mother Church's newly canonized saints, and seeing as how we have five daughters, we suddenly realized who we just had to dress as!
Saint Louis and Saint Zélie Martin, the Church's first married couple to be canonized together, and just canonized on October 18, 2015! They had both wanted to enter religious life, however Louis was rejected because of his lack of knowledge of Latin while Zélie was turned down for health reasons. Louis became a watchmaker and Zélie a talented lace maker; when they met in 1858 they soon fell in love and were married - a match truly made in heaven.
The Martins had nine children, but four did not survive past childhood. Their five daughters all became nuns, from left to right, and oldest to youngest, we have Marie (Sister Marie of the Sacred Heart), Pauline (Mother Agnès of Jesus), Léonie (Sister Françoise-Thérèse), Céline (Sister Geneviève of the Holy Face) and Thérèse, better known as Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus. Four of the sisters entered Carmel while one was a sister of the Visitation.
And here's a couple more pictures for the San Diego folks ;-)
Father told them all to look serious. :-)
Happy Feast of All Saints!