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Solemnity of All the Saints

Mt 5:1-12a


The month of November starts with the solemnity of All the Saints. There are many saints, some who are very popular and well known, and others that we may not even have heard of. Every so often we celebrate a day of a particular saint, but today our thoughts go to all of them. You and I are also called to join them in Heaven. And we may not become a holy martyr nor some other heroic saints who did something spectacular and became saints, but through our humble daily life we can become one. How? What is the definition of a saint? Who is the saint? The definition of a saint is in the Gospel reading for today. Just read it with me, and instead of using the word ‘blessed ‘, use the word ‘saints’. So, what is the definition of a saint?

“Saints are the poor in spirit, Saints are they who mourn, Saints are the meek, Saints are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, Saints are the merciful, Saints are the clean of heart, Saints are the peacemakers, Saints are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, Saint are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”

You and I are called to become one of them.



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