In the excitement of creating elaborate Halloween displays, designing
costumes, carving pumpkins, and buying enough candy to last the night,
the original meaning of Halloween might be forgotten or
overlooked—except at schools where children dress up as saints!
Halloween is the eve before the feast of All Saints. Hallowed means
holy, as in the Our Father’s “hallowed be Thy name.” Halloween =
Hallowed eve. November 1 is the day we celebrate all of the saints from
the oldest to the youngest, the most popular to the forgotten, the
powerful to the meek and humble, those canonized centuries ago, and
those canonized this month like St. Pope Paul VI and St. Oscar Romero.
We Catholics regard those who have shown the way to be holy on earth as
models and inspirations but also as friends. We ask them to pray for us
for trivial things such as losing our key for the umpteenth time and for
serious matters like conquering cancer. Click to continue
This popular prayer, a favorite of many Catholics, dates back to the 15th century and takes its name from the first Latin word of the prayer, "memorare," which means "remember." The Memorare is of unknown authorship, although it has been attributed to St. Augustine (354-430), St. John Chrysostom (c. 347-407) and, with more reason, to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (c. 1090-1153). St. Bernard's sermons on Mary were famous, and it was his Cistercian monks in the monastery of Citeaux in the 12th century who popularized the name "Our Lady" for Mary. The Memorare has also been attributed to the French cleric Claude Bernard (1588-1641), known as the "poor priest" of Paris, whose homilies contain passages that echo its words. No matter who wrote this prayer, it was Father Bernard who did much to popularize it, teaching it in hospitals and prisons, where Mary's intercession was effective in working miracles of grace. The first manuscript of the Mem
Hello everyone, I am writing to let you all know that we are at 49 authors! This is a very exciting thing for Association of Catholic Women Bloggers! We get emails quite often from Catholic women who would like to contribute to the site, and I wish we could accept everyone who asks, but Blogger sets the limit at 100, and we are half way there! If anyone knows of authors who no longer contribute, authors who have stopped blogging all together, please let me know, like any good gardener knows pruning is the best way to make things bloom! Blessings
El tema de hoy es un tema que muchos considerarán intrascendente, pero sin embargo y en lo personal nos parece de gran importancia y valor. Valioso e importante para nuestro caminar por la vida, para nuestro trato con los demás, para nuestro beneficio y hasta para nuestra salud.