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