November 1, 2012

All Saints Day


Who captures the joy and hope of heaven better than Louis Armstrong? "I want to be in that number" says Deacon Greg.

‘How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different are the saints," C.S. Lewis.  Monotonous Sinners and Sparkling Saints.

The saints are unique because they are ordinary people who have allowed an extraordinary power to bring them to their full potential. The saint is fascinating because she is the person she was created to be; and the more we become who we are, the less we will be like anybody else. The saint has no time for role models. She cannot spend time pretending to be someone else because she realizes it is the work of a lifetime to become oneself.

Msgr Charles Pope meditates on the Christian view of death, And Death is Gain

It is fitting at this time that we ponder the passing glory of things and set our gaze on heaven where joys will never end.

He embeds a video of a beautiful a cappella spiritual  Soon I will be done with the troubles of the world.  I know this spiritual well, having sung it with Mystic Gospel choir that I sing with every winter.    Singing it filled with me with the confidence of faith and hope that the slaves who wrote must have felt.    YouTube video here

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