By Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media - The Story of the Solemnity of All Saints - The earliest certain observance of a feast in honor of all the saints is an early fourth-century commemoration of “all the martyrs.” In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up some 28 wagon-loads of bones and reinterred them beneath the Pantheon
By Peter Kreeft, Catholic Education Resource Center - Why does the Church include All Saints' Day (Nov. 1) in her calendar of solemn feasts? Why does the Apostles' Creed include "the communion of saints" as one of the 12 essential articles of our faith? Because, as Charles Peguy put it, "life holds only one tragedy, ultimately: not to have been a saint.".. Saints are not freaks or exceptions. They are the standard operating model for human beings.
By Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald - Reading the late theologian Dietrich von Hildebrand’s newly republished book, In Defense of Purity, is to remind oneself that Christian teaching and understanding of sex come from another world – indeed, the world of the supernatural. It is much more profound than merely a question of Catholic morality and keeping to certain rules.