To Do Today, Oct. 31:
- Remember what the Ven. Fulton Sheen said: “First the famine, then the feast!” If your family skips dessert, eats smaller portions of meals, or fasts in some other way on the day before a feast, as is the traditional Christian way to prepare for a coming holy day, you will experience even greater spiritual benefit from your celebration of the feast the following day. Fast today in preparation for the holy day, and feast joyfully tomorrow with your hearts, souls, and bodies!
- Get out all the holy cards of saints that are around your house and put them on your home altar this evening (for use tomorrow) to help keep the vigil. Take care ESPECIALLY to hunt up the images of the patron saints/name saints of each family member!
To Do Tomorrow, Nov. 1, Feast of All Saints:
- Be sure to get to Mass today! This feast is a Holy Day of Obligation.
- When doing your daily meditation on the Four Last Things this morning (Death–Judgment–Heaven–Hell), take some extra time to think about Heaven, God’s generous reward to the saints. Read these beautiful Scripture verses, Wisdom 3:1-9, that are today’s Offertory Chant (Douay-Rheims translation):
But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure was taken for misery. And their going away from us, for utter destruction: but they are in peace. And though in the sight of men they suffered torments, their hope is full of immortality. Afflicted in few things, in many they shall be well rewarded: because God hath tried them, and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace, he hath proved them, and as a victim of a holocaust, he hath received them, and in time there shall be respect had to them. The just shall shine, and shall run to and fro like sparks among the reeds. They shall judge nations, and rule over people, and their Lord shall reign for ever. They that trust in him shall understand the truth: and they that are faithful in love, shall rest in him: for grace and peace are to his elect.
- Today is a great day to pray the Litany of Saints (in English or in Latin)!
- Make Soul Cakes, an English Catholic culinary tradition that is perhaps the origin of trick-or treating, and share the story with your family.
- Dress up and have a party! So what if it’s the day after Hallowe’en? Even better–sometimes Hallowe’en costumes can be easily converted, and often you can come up with some clever uses for things in your scrap bag while you’re still in costumes-and-dress-up mode at the end of October. Here is a link that will make you really, really want to have an All Saints’ Day Party with your kids!
May God bless your family as you fast and as you feast these next two days!