Praised be Jesus and Mary now and forever!
This is a late post as I have been busy studying lately. :p
There is always this debate on whether or not Catholics should celebrate Halloween. Some say that it is of a pagan origin. But, actually, it is not. Halloween is a short form for All Hallow’s Eve. And, hallow means saint. Therefore, it is a celebration of All Saints’ Day, a holy day of obligation for the Catholics. (Here is a good article to read: http://www.wordonfire.org/WoF-Blog/WoF-Blog/October-2012/Culture–Time-for-Catholics-to-Embrace-Halloween.aspx)
Now, due to commercialisation, Halloween becomes an occasion that people relate to costumes, decorations, trick or treat, and horror movies. But, what does Catechism has to say about Halloween? Father Robert Barron said,
“The Catechism has a lot to say about the characteristics of heroic virtue and holiness of life that create the Church’s saints. It also has a lot to say about Christ’s victory over sin, death and the devil. These are the kinds of things that the festivities of Catholic Halloween should be celebrating with great gusto and panache.”
And so, my friends and I went to JCube Ice Skating Rink to play on Nov. 1, Halloween/All Saints’ Day. I decided to dress up as St. Kateri Tekakwitha, also known as St. Lily of the Mohawks.
She died at the age of 24 and her last words are said to be, “Jesus, I love you!” She lived a life of faith and hope even when she became an outcast because of it. She said, “I am no longer my own. I have given myself entirely to Jesus Christ.”
Read more about her beautiful life story here: http://conservation.catholic.org/kateri.htm.
Kristine G. Veneracion