Monday, November 1, 2010

The Great Cloud Of Witnesses



The Communion of Saints~Sistine Chapel


"And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us: Looking on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who having joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and now sitteth on the right hand of the throne of God."
~Hebrews 12: 1~2

Today the Church celebrates all the saints of heaven. These holy men and women are one of God's great gift to us. The saints in heaven are our friends and helpers while we remain here in this earthly exile. They pray for us and intercede for us. We can ask them to pray with us. They are also examples for us, as well as signs of hope. It is sometimes easy to forget that many of these men and women did not always live saintly lives. Just pick up a copy of St Augustine's Confessions for proof of this.
One of the things, perhaps the thing that made these men and women saints was their never giving up on the process of conversion. Because they were human, they were also sinful, but they knew and trusted in the abundance of God's mercy. When they fell, they got back up again, and started fresh.
On this feast of All Saints, let us ask our patron saints to pray and intercede for us, so that we may have the courage and the strength to seek God's mercy when we fall.
All you holy men and women, pray for us!

5 comments:

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Ah ... Karinann.

A question for you. Can I ask ALL the Saints, even though I don't know all their names, to intercede for me? Or is that cheating and not allowed?

When I was young and we prayed the Litany of the Saints in Latin in church I always wondered why some Saints where missing and what made a Saint worthy to be included in that prayer. I always added in the end St Victorimus (or whatever is the Latin for Victor) in case he exists up there and he'd look after me. He probably got upset that I got his name wrong.

God bless you Karinann.

Karinann said...

By all means Victor, pray to all the saints named and unnamed; today is their day too!
As for St Victor here is the little bit I found on him from Catholic Online:
"The author of a treatise on the throwing of dice, St. Victor was an African who made Latin the official language of the Roman church. He was a favorite of Marcia, mistress to the Emperor Commodus, and gave her lists of imprisoned Christians, whom she released. Victor excommunicated several bishops for celebrating Easter on 14 Nisan. Irenaeus of Lyons criticized Victor's severity. During his papacy (189-198), Victor also fought gnosticism and monarchianism."

I have no idea what the treatise on dice throwing is all about :)
God bless and Happy All Saints Day!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Ah ... trust a Victor to be harsh and severe! And he's the one responsible for Latin too! Bet his name was not Victorimus then; and he'd certainly be mad at me calling him that!

As for the Treatise of Dice; I bet he invented the rule that if you throw a six you get to play again!

You know, if I pray to him he might say to me "Throw a dice. 1 to 5 and the answer is NO. A 6 and you get to throw again!"

God bless you Karinann. Thanx for researching this Saint for me. I'm too frightened of him already.

Karinann said...

You are welcome Victor. And who knows- since he is your patron, maybe he will go easy on you :)

Colleen said...

I love reading about the saints. Great post.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.