Praying for all students on All Saints Day

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Button from Agnusgiftshop.com

I like this button from Agnus Gift Shop .  It shows that sainthood is not just for those few extraordinary folks, but that we are all called to be saints .  God calls us all to holiness.  On the Feast of All Saints, which we celebrate today, we celebrate just that – ALL SAINTS, not just those who are canonized by the Church, but all of those holy men and women who are in heaven.  We may not know their names, but they are in heaven and in the presence of God, and one day we hope to be right there with them.   Let us continue to help each other on that  journey home. In the meantime, we can meet all these saints at every Mass, for Mass is truly heaven touching earth, as we are reminded of when the priest prays the Eucharistic Prayer at Mass.

Just before we sing the Sanctus,  the priest invites us to join the angels and all the saints in singing the hymn of praise (Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty … ).  And then again, the saints are invoked:

In union with the whole Church we honor Mary, the ever-virgin mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God. We honor Joseph, her husband, the apostles and martyrs Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon and Jude; we honor Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian and all the saints. May their merits and prayers gain us your constant help and protection. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

At Mass we are truly surrounded by a cloud of saints worshiping God along with us.    And so I pray for all college students today that they may truly become the best version of themselves, for in this lies true happiness which lasts forever.

May Mary, Queen of Angels and Saints and Apostles guide us all to her Son, that one day we may behold him face to face.

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