Father in heaven,
all creation rightly gives you praise,
for all life and all holiness come from you.
In the plan of your wisdom
she who bore the Christ in her womb
was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven.
May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness
and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Halloween began as the festival of Samhain. It was part of the ancient Celtic religion in Britain and other parts of Europe. At the end of summer, the Celts thought the barrier between our world and the world of ghosts and spirits got really thin. This meant weird creatures with strange powers could wander about on Earth. The Celts had a big party. It was all about scaring away the ghosts and spirits. Later, with the Christian religion, the day became known as All Hallows' Eve - the day before All Saints' Day on 1 November.
It's in America that Halloween has really taken off. Irish immigrants to the United States raised the popularity of Halloween during the 19th century. During the 20th century it became more and more popular, with traditions like pumpkin carving and trick or treating becoming part of TV shows, books and movies.
Halloween is the time when people release and let go of negative and lower energies that hold them back and celebrate the new energy that will eventually take its place. It is very important because, at this time people go to a Halloween parties, watch a scary movie or maybe attend a haunted house or some other place where the fear energies are being generated.
For those who want to experience the spiritual effects of Halloween, just take some time to cleanse your energy with light and feeling of love. Some people do cleansing meditation to keep their energy clear and protected. Even nature models this act for us, when the trees shed and let go of their old leaves.
Tap into the energy of the cycle of life to give tribute those in the afterlife, by lighting a candle, serving their favorite food or simply saying a prayer or blessing. Gain insight from them. Seek signs from your deceased loved ones to sort the issues in your existing daily life or simply tune your natural psychic abilities to strengthen your intuition and connect to your divine guides and angels.
People associate Halloween with fear. But it is not a festival of fear, rather it is an opportunity to welcome the unknown, release negativity, and bring a little extra intuition into everyday life.
The Passionist Province of St. Paul of the Cross (Eastern United States) is in the process of Canonization for one of our former Superior Generals who was from this Province.
The first stage of the process is over and Father Theodore has been declared, by the Vatican, as a "Servant of God." The next stage is that God must confirm Theodore's presence in heaven with a miracle. If you have a serious illness please pray for Father Theodore Foley to intercede for you at the throne of God so that your request can be granted. Should you receive a miracle, due to the intercession of Father Foley, please contact us so that we can further our brother's journey to sainthood.
Lord Jesus Christ, you called Father Theodore Foley to follow you as a Passionist Priest even to Calvary's heights. Through your Immaculate and Sorrowful Mother, you taught him obedience to our Father's will and the fulfillment of your Commandment of loving God and neighbor. Let the loving inspiration of your Servant move us to live a more profound life of virtue. We humbly ask that you glorify your servant Father Theodore Foley according to the designs of your holy will. Through his intercession, we ask you to grant the request I now present (here mention your request).
This I ask through Christ Our Lord. Amen