ALL SAINTS DAY, November 1, 2020-“A Cloud of Witnesses”
Father Lawrence Obilor


The Creed of the Church professes the communion of saints as an article of faith. And the Catechism of the Catholic Church calls them “A cloud of witnesses” who left great signs of holiness here on earth and now contemplate God in heaven, and constantly care for those they left here on earth (CCC 2683).
The Church recognises them as heroes and heroines of faith, our heavenly mediators and the instruments that God uses to work miracles in our daily lives. Just as the staff of Moses (Ex. 4; 14; Nb. 20), the bones of the prophet Elisha (II Kgs 13:21), the towel of Paul (Acts: 19:12) and the shadow of Peter (Acts 5:15), the relics and the objects of holy men and women serve great purposes in the Church’s invocation of their intercession.
For Roman Catholics, the Orthodox, and to some extent, the Anglicans, “All Saints Day” is a day, not only to remember the saints and to thank God for them, but also to pray for their help. It is, as well, a day to glorify Jesus Christ, who by his holy life and death has made the saints holy. This feast offers a challenge to each one of us: anybody can, with the grace of God, become a saint, regardless of his or her age, lifestyle or living conditions. St. Augustine accepted this challenge when he asked the question: “Si iste et ista, cur non ego?” (If he and she can become saints, why can’t I?) Fr. Anthony Kadavil).

Almighty and ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God for ever and ever.  Amen.