On Thursday of this week, Catholics celebrate the Feast of All Saints remembering the many people who have lived good lives in this world under different and challenging times and circumstances. They accepted the invitation to follow Christ and live his value system. We are reminded that each of us is invited to do the same, to become saints responding to the universal call to holiness of Vatican II.
The Liturgy of the Hours which priests and many religious and laity pray daily, includes hymns. We can either recite or sing the hymn. Pray slowly part of the hymn for All Saints and reflect on our own journey of faith.
For all the saints who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest: Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou wast their rock, their fortress and their might;
Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou in the darkness drear their one true light; Alleluia, alleluia!
O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine; Alleluia, alleluia!
Bishop William Houck is the president emeritus of the Catholic Extension Society.