This is the first entry in a new series, “Eileen’s Journal”, where my sister, Eileen, shares her thoughts and insights. This is her first post…Welcome to the blogosphere, dear Sister! Note: Eileen has set up her own blog. You will find this post and her future work at http://www.MemesMemos.wordpress.com.
Today is “All Saint’s Day”, a ‘holy day of obligation’.
Being raised a (somewhat) strict Catholic, it has been ingrained in me and I remember these things about my upbringing, including that we knew we had to go to mass on these days and pay respect to all the saints.
But today, as I was making breakfast for my 11yr old granddaughter, I shared with her that today was “All Saint’s Day“.
” What is “All Saint’s Day”?”
“Honey, it’s a holy day of obligation.”
How do I explain a holy day of obligation? As I commenced to try, I was saddened when she said:
” I thought you only go to church on Sundays.”
(I was lost!)
“First of all, it’s not just church… it’s mass.”
She didn’t get it, but to my pleasant surprise, she did want to know all about it, and why did I know so much about religion and mass and holy days. I explained that I had been a catholic school girl, and that religion was my life.
I’m sad that my grandchildren do not say the rosary or pray on a daily basis. But that is up to their parents. Rest assured that I will teach them whenever I can., especially since they seem to genuinely like my stories and life truths.
Tomorrow is “All Soul’s Day” – another day that we go to mass and pray.
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