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Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader? (The Communion of Saints) [Catholic Caucus]
Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-01-12 | Dominican Brothers of the Province of St. Joseph

Posted on 11/01/2012 5:00:04 PM PDT by Salvation

Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader?

Archdiocese of Washington: Year of Faith series

Written by:

Dominican Brothers of the Province of St. Joseph

Halloween is one night of the year when adults and children alike seem to be full of imagination for the realm of the dead.  Maybe it is a fascination with ghosts and goblins, or maybe it is more sinister than that, but there is a profoundly Christian explanation for Halloween, and it has to do with today’s “Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader?” question, and the Communion of Saints.

There is no coincidence that the world is fascinated with the realm of the dead on the evening of October 31st, which is the night before All Saints Day – that day when the Church celebrates the lives of those whom we know have made it to heaven.

The first thing the doctrine of the Communion of Saints should teach us – whether we’ve graduated from the fifth grade yet or not – is that there is a bridge between this life and the next – between the land of the living and the land of the dead.  Jesus Christ is that bridge, and He makes heaven possible.

Every human person will continue to exist after death, as every one of us is created by God with an immortal soul.  This is not to say that all of us will go straight to heaven when we die.  The ghoulish character of Halloween should remind us that not all of us are saints.  Someone recently reminded me that you have to be made perfect to go to heaven.  For all of us who are yet far from perfect, this gives us pause to reflect and to pray about what we merit in this life – and to consider what happens after death.

But, the Communion of Saints is not just about the souls in heaven; neither does this phrase simply refer to the canonized saints.  In fact, the Communion of Saints refers to (D) all the faithful living and dead. As the Second Vatican Council reminded us, there is a universal call to holiness.  That is, we are all, in fact, called to become saints by God’s grace.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives us the context, “After confessing ‘the holy catholic Church,’ the Apostles’ Creed adds ‘the communion of saints.’ In a certain sense this article is a further explanation of the preceding: ‘What is the Church if not the assembly of all the saints?’ The communion of saints is the Church.” (CCC 946)

All of the faithful – both living and dead – make up the Communion of Saints, and this Communion makes up the Church.  This is the way that we are joined together as believers. The love that unites us in Jesus Christ unites us even beyond the grave.  As The Catechism says, it is a “communion in holy things (sancta)’ and ‘among holy persons (sancti).” (CCC 948)

The goal is heaven, as my grandmother liked to say.  However, few of us have an imagination for heaven these days, it seems to me.  While some may argue for Halloween’s merits, it seems it would benefit all of us to know of this night’s real meaning of the great splendor of the Communion of Saints, who are present to us from beyond the grave.

In this Year of Faith, it is well to remember that faith joins us in a real way with all the faithful souls living and dead.  Faith makes this possible by joining us to God Himself.

Join us on November 8th for our next “Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader?” post.



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Current Events; Theology
KEYWORDS: apologetics; catholic; saints
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1 posted on 11/01/2012 5:00:05 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

All Saints’ Day Ping!


2 posted on 11/01/2012 5:07:44 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Much relieved to see there was no quiz. :)


3 posted on 11/01/2012 5:35:25 PM PDT by defconw (It's not about a video Dummycrats!)
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To: defconw

LOL!


4 posted on 11/01/2012 5:48:35 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: defconw

LOL!


5 posted on 11/01/2012 6:22:48 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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6 posted on 11/01/2012 6:25:55 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

*snert*

I’ll bet I could take on our whole parish in “Catholic Jeopardy” and win. It’s astounding how many people just don’t read anything. Doesn’t mean they aren’t good people, but ...

The Spanish charismatics have the Bible nailed, but I could take them on Church History.


7 posted on 11/01/2012 7:56:12 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Decency requires that they be voted out of office as an act of urgent political hygiene." ~Steyn)
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To: Salvation; Bon mots; NYer
we went to Powązki cemetary in warsaw last night to put zniczki (candles) on my wife's great-grandparents etc graves. And it is beautiful on the 31st night, all candle-lit etc.

What I found touching was around 8 pm there was a group of young folks around a grave and they were singing a song and had a beer to commemorate a friend of theirs who had passed away.

All souls is a time to remember our family, past and present


8 posted on 11/01/2012 10:48:54 PM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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