Yes, it’s Halloween. A holiday I loved as a kid but as an adult with children long grown and on their own — I have to admit. I am over it. And I have been over it for quite a few years. But all of this is beside the point of this post! More important than the jack-o-lanterns, the candy, the decorations, and the home-turned-haunted-house is the fact that it is the eve of All Saints Day, and don’t forget that All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Obligation: noun — An act or course of action to which a person is morally or legally bound; a duty or commitment.
There aren’t many during the course of the year, but this is one of them. So if your evening is overbooked with trick or treating and parties or posting pictures of the kiddies on social media, don’t forget that tomorrow you must find the time to fit in a visit to your local parish and fulfill your obligation. The saints did. Now it’s our turn, on our own journey toward sainthood. Happy All Saints Day, and then on Friday, remember also All Souls Day (not a day of obligation but another opportunity to fill up the ‘grace-tank’ by attending Mass).