Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Halloween: A Return To Its Religious Roots
Today my daughter was invited to go to a pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin for carving. When she came home later tonight she was so excited to show us what she had carved. It was a large cross. She told me she tried to carve Our Blessed Mother but it was too difficult and then happily settled on the cross. She mentioned that there was some discussion at her friend's house about her choice. It made me smile to hear how Alina had suggested a holy theme for the carving. She shared with them that it was important to pick a religious theme as the meaning of the holiday is really about the Feast the next day. To hear these words coming out of my daughter made me so grateful to our Lady. I take no credit for my daughters inward desire to show her love of her faith. This is a gift from Our Lord and a fruit of prayer of the Holy Rosary. More and more I see that our Lady guides our children and protects them when we call upon her through the rosary. She keeps them simple and pure. She keeps them children when the world is calling them to grow up too fast.Seeing this cross a glow in front of our house there is a sense of waiting. An anticipation for the holy Feasts yet to come. Might this simple statement of a child remind us all where our hearts should be on October 31st: a truly holy eve.