Thursday, 21 October 2010

Coming up to Halloween again...


We're coming up to Halloween and the annual debate on whether or not celebrating it is consistent with Catholicism. 

And this year, the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales are even urging parents to have their children dress up as saints instead of witches, and that pumpkins have smiley rather than scary faces, with crosses cut into them....yes, well eschatology is not very popular these days.

In reality Halloween draws its name from 'All Hallows Eve' (ie All Saints), and the scary faces, demons and so forth and meant as reminders of the reality of hell.  The rituals of Halloween are reminders to us to strive to be a saint, rather than ending up with the damned.

So do let's celebrate Halloween...

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