“I always wonder,” said Lise, “why, in Britain and America, we make Hallowe’en into a frightening thing with, for children, ghosts and skulls, witches, spiders and black cats, when it is the eve of one of the most radiant feasts of the year—All Saints, all those men and women who have shone out light and goodness, courage and faith into the world.”
“And All Souls is radiant too,” said Soeur Marguerite—it followed the next day. “For us there is loss, but for the dead, for him or her, it is the culmination, the crown . . . .” Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy, Rumer GoddenMany Christians eschew all the ghosts and skulls, witches, etc. of Halloween out of fear, and I have to admit that I have been among them. Now, not so much, although I do think that you can go overboard, and sometimes in a dangerous way. However, there is a better reason to not get too caught up in the spookiness of the evening, and that is because we might miss the glory of the coming day.
|Apparently, this is what they do in Sweden on All Saints' Day Lovely.|
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