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dc.contributor.authorSchloemer, Tom, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 667en_US
dc.description.abstractWhenever I think of this feast of All Saints, my mind goes back to my studies at St. Louis University. The SLU pep band regularly played, "When the saints come marching in," at all the basketball games. It was a bouncy, upbeat song--to which the crowd knew the words.|| In many ways, today's feast is bouncy and upbeat. In the first paragraph of our first reading, there is the call to salvation for the Chosen People. The second paragraph extends this call to persons from "every nation, race, people, and tongue." Happily, each and every person is called to sanctity.|| As the song's lyrics state, "I want to be of that number." John points out in the second reading that the call to be children of God may be unrecognized and misunderstood but that our faith and hope will include us among the saints. ||The familiar Beatitudes are the Gospel reading today. These strange blessings are not directives on how to get ahead in life. They are not encouragement for passive acceptance of world order. They are norms of holiness because it is in our weakness, difficulties, suffering that we find God.||The Beatitudes are also norms for happiness. Who are the happiest persons I know, and why are they happy? Answers may vary, but it strikes me that the happy person is one who looks at others, self, and God and is accepting, satisfied, at peace. Such a person is not tied down by envy or status, by resentments or self-pity, by fear or scruples.|| We all want to come to this kind of happiness, but it is not happiness without trial. Our painful experiences can and should be a source of growth. It is a happiness filled with faith and hope. A fifteenth Station of the Cross is sometimes proposed. I would like to propose a ninth Beatitude: "Blest are those who are accepting, are satisfied and at peace with others, self, God; happiness will be theirs in this life and in eternity."en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherAll Saints, Solemnityen_US
dc.titleReflection for Saturday, November 1, 2003: All Saints, Solemnity.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitVP for Student Servicesen_US
dc.program.unitCareer and Academic Planningen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorSchloemer, Thomas N., S.J.en_US Timeen_US 30en_US
dc.subject.local1Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6en_US
dc.subject.local31 John 3:1-3en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 5:1-12aen_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ben_US

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