All Saints Day MMVI

Homily — All Saints Day MMVI

Zodiac Window in Chartres Cathedral France, c. 1220 A.D.

Don’t know if this every happens to you, but every now and then, I’ll be talking with someone and the subject of Birthdays comes up. And when I say to them “my birthday’s October 24th,” the person says to me “Oh, you’re a Libra! Or is that Scorpio?”

For some people, the first thing they think of when you tell them your birthday is what astrological sign you were born under. And if they’re really into it, they will then start thinking about whether their sign is compatible with your sign. But when it comes to my birthday, I don’t think of being born under Libra or Scorpio at all. I immediately think of being born under Archangels.

Because October 24 is traditionally the Feast of St. Raphael the Archangel. And not only that, my parents named me Michael (Feast Day September 29th in case you’re wondering).

And I’m positive that the Archangels Raphael and Michael have tremendous influence over my life, while Scorpio and Libra have no influence whatsoever.

While many people probably don’t take it seriously enough to commit a mortal sin by reading their horoscope on the comics page, objectively speaking the pseudo-science of astrology is gravely contrary to the First Commandment. Paragraph 2116 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens….clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the final analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect and loving fear that we owe to God alone.”

While checking out our horoscope for the day contradicts the honor, respect and love due to God, checking out the Saint of the Day gives honor, respect and love to God the Father. Because our Father has given us the Saints to be our Big Brothers and Big Sisters who can help us follow Christ in this life, if we get to know them.

Some of the saints we should probably get to know about and to pray to include the saint we were named after, and the saint who’s feast day we were born on. Also, our patron saint, the saint officially in charge of a certain profession or vocation or institution. And don’t forget about the saint whose name you may have taken for Confirmation.

As we know, every year the earth completes it’s orbit around the sun, and as the months go by the different constellations of the Zodiac as well as other constellations can been seen in the starry heavens on a clear night.

In the same way, each month throughout the year, the Church gives us different saints, shining down from Heaven upon us below. This past month of October is especially radiant with great saints: St. Therese, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Ignatius, just to name a few; this month there’s St. Cecilia, St. Francis Cabrini, and two St. Martins.

Almost every month of the year there’s one of the twelve apostles looking down on us (like Matthew on Sept. 21, Simon and Jude on Oct 28 and Andrew on Nov 30).

There’s also most months a group of rugged missionary martyrs from a different country (like the Mexican Martyrs St. Christobal and comp. on May 21, African Martyrs Charles Lwanga and Comp. on June 4, and the Chinese Martyrs Augustin Rong and Comp. on July 9).

And every month in the Calendar doesn’t go by without one or two feast days of Our Blessed Mother: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel July 16, Our Lady of Czenstochowa Aug 26, The Sorrowful Mother on Sept. 15.

As we pray in the Third Eucharistic Prayer, all these Saints are people “on whose constant intercession we rely for help.” And they especially want to help us when their feast day comes up every year — to help us by their prayers and example to be poor in spirit, thirsting for righteousness, pure of heart, and patient under persecution.

And so, the next time someone tells you what day their birthday is, find out who’s feast day that is and ask that saint to intercede for that person.

And if we’re tempted to check our horoscope, or even if you’re not, check who the saint of the day is, and say a prayer to him or her, to help you follow Jesus more closely.

If you do that, I foresee a blessed day ahead of you, and I also predict that your reward will be great in heaven.

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