2. Halloween is a pagan rite dating back tosome pre-Christian festival. Even today modern pagans and witchescontinue to celebrate this ancient festival.If you let your kids go trick-or-treating,they will be worshiping the devil and pagangods. 3. The origins of Halloween Halloween falls on Octoberare very Christian and 31st because of a pope, andrather American. its observances are the result of medieval Catholic "I believe...in theholiness.communion of saints," wesay every Sunday in theCreed. How many of usknow what this doctrinereally means? 4. Honoring the saints - whose nearly forgottenfeast day (All Saints Day) is the reason forHalloween Hallow is the same word for "holy" that we findin the Lords Prayer, and een is a contraction of"evening." The word Halloween itself is a shortened form of"All Hallows Eve," the day before All Saints Day. 5. For those who dont value devotion tothe saints, the Eve of All Saints Day hasbecome "hollow" instead of "hallow."The purpose behind it has been lostlike celebrating New Years Eve withouta New Years Day. Take away the saints and our beliefsabout the dignity and destiny ofhuman beings, and the only thing leftis pre-Christian superstition regardingthe dead. 6. Its true that the ancient Celts of Irelandand Britain celebrated a minor festival onOctober 31. Note - they celebrated on thelast day of most months of the year. However, Halloween falls on the last dayof October, because the Feast of AllSaints, or "All Hallows," falls onNovember 1st. 7. AllAllSaints Souls DayDayHalloween Day 8. Moving the date to October 31stwas a Bold Evangelistic Movedesigned to demonstrate thatonly the power of the resurrectedChrist could protect men andwomen from the destructiveploys of Satan and his minions. This was a time in which theCatholic Church boldlyproclaimed the marvelous fact ofthe resurrection and the Lordshipof Jesus Christ. 9. The feast in honor of allthe saints in heavenused to be celebratedon May 13th, during theseason of joy, after theResurrection; but PopeGregory III (d.741), moved it toNovember 1st , thededication day of theAll Saints Chapel in St. St Peters is the most renowned work of RenaissancePeters at Rome.architecture and remains one of the largest churches in the world! 10. Later, In the 840s, Pope Gregory IV,commanded that All Saints Day beobserved everywhere. So, the holy day spreadto Ireland. The day before was the evening vigil of thefeast, "All Hallows Evening," or "Halloween. 11. For the first 1,000 years ofChristianity there was nomemorial for All Souls. In 998, St. Odilo, the abbotof the powerful monastery ofCluny, in southern France,added a day of prayer for thesouls of all the faithfuldeparted. This feast, calledAll Souls Day, spread fromFrance to the rest of Europe. 12. Some say that St. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:8 : To beaway from the body, is to be at home with the Lord. So,they believe Christians go straight to the Lord afterdeath, and that there is no purgatory. The verse actually reads We are confident, I say, andwould prefer to be away from the body and at homewith the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8 NIV All good Christians would prefer to be with Jesusthan in this troubled world. Just because we wouldprefer to be, doesnt mean we instantly will be. 13. NO, PURGATORY IS ONLY PRAYER FOR THE FAITHFUL FOR THE SAVED.DEPARTED The faithful departed stillhave imperfections that mustbe purged away before seeing Eternal rest grant untoGod. them, O Lord, and let But if a mans work isperpetual light shine uponburned up, he will suffer loss,though he himself will bethem. May the souls of thesaved, but only as through faithful departed, throughfire. 1 Corinthians 3:15the mercy of God, rest in Notice that the verse says theperson will be saved, but that peace. Amen.his works will be burned up.The works are sinful works. 14. It seems Irish Catholic peasantswondered about the unfortunatesouls in hell. If the souls in hell are left outwhen we celebrate those inheaven (All Saints) and purgatory(All Souls), they might beunhappy enough to cause trouble. 15. What AboutTrick or Treat? In the Middle Ages,You might also appease them with "soulthere was a cakes cookies, fried cakes, "treats so superstition thatthey wouldnt do you any mischief with their those who had died "tricks." Soon those whothe previous yearwithout beingwere living began to usereconciled to you the occasion for might rise to hauntreconciliation. To wipeyou, appearing as will- the slate clean for theo-the-wisps or coming year, they came,ghosts. The apparitionmasked andjarred you so you unrecognizable, and would release them boldly bargained forby prayer and treats. forgiveness. 16. So, it became customary to bang pots and panson All Hallows Evening to let the damned knowthey were not forgotten. Thus, in Ireland atleast, all the dead came to be remembered. 17. The saints in heaven are not dead! Jesus said: Have you not read, I am the God ofAbraham, the God of Isaac, and the Godof Jacob? He is not the God of the dead,but of the living. Matthew 22:31-32Related verses:Those who die in Christ, are nowmar: 9:4, Luke23:43, Rev. 6:9-11, 1cor. 12:12-27, Heb.alive in Christ in Heaven!12:1, 12:22-24 18. Everyone would agree that there is a bigdifference between a dead body and aliving body. The difference is the soul, the spiritualaspect of creatures, which in man, isimmortal. The soul animates gives life to the body. We believe in Life after death!Lk: 24:34-43, Acts 1:21-22, 1 Cor. 13-3-8, CCC 639-645, 655-65 19. I am this onewalking beside me whom I do not see,whom at times I manage to visit,and whom at other times I forget;the one who remains silent while I talk,the one who forgives, sweet, when I hate,the one who takes a walk when I am indoors,the one who will remain standing when I die. Juan Ramon Jimenez 20. All humans feel hungry when theyneed food, which points to theOther Ref: Lk. 24-34-43, Actsexistence of food. All human1:21-22, 1 Cor. 13:3-8, CCCcultures have naturally believed in a639-645, 622-65life after death, which points to theexistence of an afterlife. 21. Why should I want to go toHeaven? Sitting around ona cloud forever soundspretty boring to me. 22. If Heaven were just sitting aroundon a cloud, youre right it would be boring! But Heaven will be beyond our wildest imagination a place ofeternal joy, peace, and fulfillment with God! 23. During this week, I invite you to look at the manyholy men and women in the Churchs history (thatgreat cloud of witnesses, we call Saints) and findout about their amazing stories. Theyre not storiesof quiet, boring people kneeling in a chapel with ahalo. The saints are from all walks of life, and theyvibrantly lived out humility, grace, fortitude, andcourage. Theyre bold, radiant, and filled withgrace! You can be too! 24. Acknowledgements The Tale of Jack OLantern - A Read-aloud StoryMicrosoft Power Point Jack, the Irish say, grew up in a simple village where he earned a reputation forpresentation, Halloween, prepared bycleverness as well as laziness. He applied his fine intelligence to wiggling out of anywork that was asked of him, preferring to lie under a solitary oak endlessly whittling. InM. Denise Campbell for Life Night order to earn money to spend at the local pub, he looked for an "easy shilling" fromOctober 28, 2012. gambling, a pastime at which he excelled. In his whole life he never made a single Theme: Holy-Ween enemy, never made a single friend and never performed a selfless act for anyone. One Halloween, as it happened, the time came for him to die. When the devil arrived totake his soul, Jack was lazily drinking at the pub and asked permission to finish his ale.Sources:The devil agreed, and Jack thought fast. "If you really have any power," he said slyly,Surprise: Halloweens Not a Pagan "you could transform yourself into a shilling."Festival After All, by Rev. Augustine The devil snorted at such childs play and instantly changed himself into a shilling. JackThompson, O.P., is an associate professor grabbed the coin. He held it tight in his hand, which bore a cross-shaped scar. Theof religious studies at the University of power of the cross kept the devil imprisoned there, for everyone knows the devil isVirginia. powerless when faced with the cross. Jack would not let the devil free until he grantedhim another year of life. Jack figured that would be plenty of time to repent. The devilHow Halloween Can Be Redeemed,left Jack at the pub. The year rolled around to the next Halloween, but Jack never gotby Page McKean Zyromskiaround to repenting. Again the devil appeared to claim his soul, and again Jackbargained, this time challenging him to a game of dice, an offer Satan could neverresist, but a game that Jack excelled at. The devil threw snake eyes two ones and wasCatholicism about to haul him off, but Jack used a pair of dice he himself had whittled. When theylanded as two threes, forming the T-shape of a cross, once again the devil waspowerless. Jack bargained for more time to repent. He kept thinking hed get around to repentance later, at the last possible minute. Butthe agreed-upon day arrived and death took him by surprise. The devil hadnt showedup and Jack soon found out why not. Before he knew it Jack was in front of the pearlygates. St. Peter shook his head sadly and could not admit him, because in his whole lifeJack had never performed a single selfless act. Then Jack presented himself before thegates of hell, but the devil was still seething. Satan refused to have anything to do withhim. "Where can I go?" cried Jack. "How can I see in the darkness?" The devil tossed aburning coal into a hollow pumpkin and ordered him to wander forever with only thepumpkin to light his path. From that day to this he has been called "Jack o theLantern." Sometimes he appears on Halloween!
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