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All Saints Day

November 1, All Saints Day, is a solemn feast in honor of those those men and women who have gone before us and are now saints in heaven. We are united with all the saints in heaven and profess our belief in this when we pray in the creed, “I believe in the communion of saints.” To help us on our way to becoming saints, Jesus gave us the beatitudes.

Being holy is not a privilege for the few, as if someone had a large inheritance; in baptism we all have an inheritance, which is the ability to become saints. Holiness is a vocation for everyone. Thus we all are called to walk on the path of holiness, and this path has a name and a face: the face of Jesus Christ. He teaches us to become saints. In the Gospel he shows us the way, the way of the Beatitudes. Matthew 5:1–12

—Excerpted from  The Joy of Discipleship, by Pope Francis


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