Saturday, October 29, 2011

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker

This week proves to be one packed with events, activities and meaningful celebrations.

The 31st, of course, is Halloween, or All Hallows Eve. It is a: fun — not to be taken too seriously, not anti-Christian, a kind of "laugh at death" (so to lessen our fear of it), a roots in Christian and pagan religions, end of the year (end of life) — celebration. It is meant to be fun. It is a greatly celebrated American holiday; let’s not ruin it for the kids!

The feast day of St. Martin de
Porres is Nov. 3. (Credit:
stmartindp.org)
The next day we celebrate the great feast — All Saints Day. We honor all of the men and women who have inspired our lives so deeply by their commitment to Christ and their faith. All Souls follows a day (and a novena) to honor, celebrate and remember our dead.

We continue with the celebration of two wonderful saints: St. Martin de Porres and St. Charles Borromeo.

The week concludes at 2 in the morning on Sunday (here is your reminder) by turning the clocks back an hour. Two a.m. will become 1 a.m.; and magically we will have one more hour of daylight. This advances us into the season of winter with its long nights and short days. That will reach a climax when we come to the Feast of Lights — which is our celebration of the Son of Light — Christ — who is the Light of the World (Christ-mas). Good times, right?

Remember: When the children say "trick or treat," the appropriate response is a good, healthy and generous treat. Let’s not ruin it for the kids!

Father Perry D. Leiker is St. Bernard parish administrator. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112.

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