On Thursday, November 1, we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints Day, a feast day where we remember the saints and martyrs who were servants of the Lord during their earthly lives and ask that they pray for us to one day join them in Heaven. Nothing can more powerfully incite us to aspire to the incomparable happiness and blessed company of the saints than their example. As in all feast of saints, especially in this solemn feast of All Saints, we need to offer praise and thanksgiving to God for his infinite goodness. For it was by the strength the Saints received from above, not by their own, that they triumphed over the enemy. We have the same divine assistance by which they were victorious; the all-powerful grace of our Redeemer. The Blood of Christ was shed for us as it was for them. When we are faced with difficulties and temptations; when the enemy stands in our way, let us not lose courage but know that The Lord is with us.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my right hand of justice.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
The Solemnity of All Saints is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass times for Thursday, November 1 are 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:40 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.