“The endurance of darkness is the preparation for great light.” St. John of the Cross
As I sit here the day after Halloween having another wonderful time with family trick or treating I had time in the morning to reflect on the what the day after Halloween is and try to understand its meaning a little better.
Well as a lot of America goes, it might just be the day after Halloween as everybody starts preparing for the next big Holiday and the teachers take down the scary stuff and put up the paper turkeys with the pilgrim hats, but for another large amount of the county and the world for that matter the day after Halloween is All Saints Day.
All Saints Day is just what it sounds like, it is a day that is dedicated to the saints of the Church and is a holy day of obligation "means your supposed to go to church that day if your Catholic!" This day is not to be confused, but often is, with the day after which is All Souls Day. That day is dedicated to all souls that are in heaven, "kinda nice, don't you think?", and to make it nicer you are not required to go o church but of coarse you can if you want.
Well in my research, some of the information I came across was a page solely dedicated to quotes for All Saints Day, called you guessed it, "Quotes for All Saints Day..." so I felt obliged to give you the link, she is a very nice blogger but was very specific that she did not want me or anyone else to just do a copy and paste, but rather she wanted the visitor to download the content. She however was very giving in the nature of the post and wanted to share what she had found. On this page there are numerous quotes, but I saw several by 'St. John of the Cross' or 'John of the Cross. After reading a few of his words I decide to find out a little more about him, and maybe go to another site that I could use a quote from by coping!
It turns out St. John of the Cross was from France and lived in the 1500's. He was a theologian and a scholar who spent much time writing poetry and fulfilling his studies on the growth of the human soul. He was very active in the Church of the day and is credited with playing a big part in a Counter-Reformation (Latin: Contrareformatio), also called the Catholic Reformation.
Through this work we are all happy to be able to reflect on his thoughts as they are very appropriate for All Saints Day, "he is a Saint after all.." as well as any other day of the year!
So I used the quote from John of the Cross that is on top of the page as something that I see as appropriate for this day because it is a beautiful lesson taught by a canonized Saint, and a lesson that hopefully will give you or someone else hope on days that you might not be going as well as you hoped for!