The reason for the season

This Saturday is 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 version of All Saints’).  Halloween starts a brief season in the Church – on Sunday and Monday everything 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 have a little fun, and to put things in perspective.  

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 and that each of us was made for eternity.  And Halloween?  That’s the fun part. 

More on this tomorrow.  Readings for All Saints