This Wednesday is different. It’s Halloween.
Costumes, trick or treat with the kids, parties, pumpkins, decorations, haunted houses, etc. But the name points to something beyond the pumpkins.
Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Eve, the day before All Hallows (the old-fashioned name for All Saints’).
Halloween starts a brief season in the Church. On Thursday and Friday everything in Church will be white for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
In the middle of all of the busy-ness of day-to-day life, it’s important to take a break every now and then. To put things in perspective. To have a little fun.
And that’s the point of the All Saints Triduum (it even has a name). It’s a little break.
All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are there for perspective. To remind us that we a part of something greater than ourselves. That each of us was made for eternity.
And Halloween? That’s the fun part.
More on this tomorrow.