31 October and 1 and 2 November are called, colloquially (not officially), “Hallowtide” or the “Days of the Dead” because on these days we pray for or remember those who’ve left this world.
The days of the dead center around All Saints’ Day (also known as All Hallows’) on November 1, when we celebrate all the Saints in Heaven. On the day after All Hallows’, called “All Souls’ Day,” we remember the saved souls who are in Purgatory, being cleansed of the temporal effects of their sins before they can enter Heaven. The day that comes before All Hallows’, though, is one on which we unofficially remember the damned and the reality of Hell. The schema, then, for the Days of the Dead looks like this:
Can Halloween be Christianized Again? – (Halloween, a Feast of Charity to the Poor and the Dead) On Return to Order
This is exactly what the Church did to Halloween. In the ninth century, this pagan festival was replaced by a double day celebration remembering all the dead that are saved. All Saints Day remembers those who are uncanonized in heaven so that they might have their feast too. All Souls Day remembers the poor souls who are saved from the eternal fires of hell yet are suffering for a time in purgatory.
On the eve of these two feasts, the bells would ring, and town criers would remind all to pray for the poor souls. Thus, on All Hallows Eve, later Halloween, children from poor families would go door-to-door, receiving food and sweets in exchange for praying for the souls of the dead. This “souling” as it was called, gave rise to canvassing for “soul” cakes which became part of the tradition.
The Fire of Purgatory Comes from Hell – On OnePeterFive
There is in Purgatory, as in Hell, a double pain – the pain of loss and the pain of sense. The pain of loss consists in being deprived for a time of the sight of God, who is the Supreme Good, the beatific end for which our souls are made, as our eyes are for the light. It is a moral thirst which torments the soul. The pain of sense, or sensible suffering, is the same as what we experience in our flesh. Its nature is not defined by faith, but it is the common opinion of the Doctors that it consists in fire and other species of suffering. The fire of Purgatory, say the Fathers, is that of Hell, of which the rich glutton speaks, Quia crucior in hac flamma, “I suffer,” he says, “cruelly in these flames.”
Of The various Traditional Catholic views for and against All Hallows Eve – this one is the most balanced –
These three days are All Hallows Tide – Good Seasonal Recipes included as well as a refutation that this Holiday is a reincarnation of the Emerald Isle’s Samhain, Propagated By And Within The Catholic Church –
A day of fasting and giving away the sweets , in mourning for those that have perished to Hell in preparation for the celebration of those in heaven that have become Saints and crowned with Halos -Nov 1st – in the Church Triumphant and it’s Octave which is the Requiem For the Suffering Church Of The Holy Souls in Purgatory – Today is the Vigil prefacing a Holy day of obligation and the color of the day and the liturgy is a dark violet. For the pious Catholics it is either the optional one meal fast or the required substitutionary additional prayers
There is relationship between our Catholic Pope’s new and exaggerated support of martin luther, luthernaism , and his and the vatican’s new hierarchy’s new teachings on morality. In the Pope’s new encyclical which is alleged by prelates, clergy, and theologians to be foreign to authentic Christianity there provenly admits the alleged formal heresy that moral law admits graduation levels. It involves a repudiation of hell . The Holy Father maintains that people that are in abject mortal sin , could be in God’s will that they continue in their current state (in their mortal sin.) The problem with this proposed thesis is that the infallible teachings of the Roman Catholic Church maintains that change of Catholic morals and moral teachings is impossible
Pope Bergoglio Vatican celebrates Protestant Revolt with a stamp – On Rorate
In Luther’s theological philosophy on total depravity and justification that is attempted to be resurrected (that was previously and formally condemned by the Roman Catholic Church ) our Pope is attempting to take up luther’s position as his own “A justified person , he maintains, sometimes has not the strength to remove themselves from an objective ‘concrete’ situation (of mortal sin)”
Therefore first and foremost this protestant religion’s tenets deny the Catholic truth of the way Grace works and abjectly denies divine revelation –
Secondly the teaching of our Pope and Luther deny the immutability of Catholic doctrines
The Catholic Church teaches that man (mankind) can only be saved by God’s Grace and this Grace is only obtained and sustained through a Sacramental relationship with the Body of Christ
Luther believed this entire system of the Catholic Church and soteriology “ the method of being saved” was false
The AL encyclical forms the basis of an heretical system known as elucidation of the denial of the historicity of the Gospels and a denial of the immutability of Catholic Doctrine whereby these tenets form the beginning of a progressivist school of thought that forms the basis of the formal heresy known as modernism – and brought current society , and western Christendom to its current sad dissolved and devolving state
The basis of the challenge of the dubia is short summary challenged these heresies is such short direct summarizing questions that it became impossible to answer without commiting oneself completely to either a state of apostasy or a state of Truth
Does the AL comment “in certain cases” apply to the divorced living with someone they are not in a Catholic marriage with ?
Is the natural law and Catholic teaching still in effect that moral norms are still valid?
Is the natural law and Catholic teaching still in effect that grave mortal sin is forbidden?
Is the natural law and Catholic teaching still in effect that nothing intrinsically evil can be turned into a good?
Is the natural law and Catholic teaching still in effect that transforming of objects into a good from an intrinsic evil is impossible?
The heresy herein used by our Holy Father and his inner council team are = irenicism (the use of pure reason to justify something ) now termed in this case in its new use a neo-irenicism , when it has no basis in Catholic doctrine or natural/moral law
A heresy that any previous Council of the Catholic Church would have ruled as such
It’s opposition of traditional Catholic teachings by modernists as previously described as “militant opposition to modernists who had sought to create a synthesis between Christian theology and the liberal philosophy of secular modernism” is known as integrism and we are now termed by the culture to be jewish- christian- integrists – a term we happily embrace
Substantiation Of What Is Currently Going In The Hierarchy Of Our Holy Mother Church Has Been Formally Condemned By Pope Pius IX in
In addition to the problem of the missing relationship between the Divine Sacred Heart Of our Savior Jesus Christ and that of the perfect human the Heart of the Immaculate Virgin Motherbrings us to the Heart of the problem benath all this within luthernaism
The Heart of the Problem | Watch On The Vortex
Well, here it is — the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s actions which set in motion the ripping apart of Christianity. Satan could not have been more pleased and to bring it about at the hands of a priest was icing on the cake for the demon.
So, Luther placed the Bible over every other thing, elevating it to almost the same level as God. Interestingly, however, he also could not keep his destructive hands off it either. He completely threw out seven books of the Old Testament, as well as parts of two other books. He was going to rip apart the New Testament, as well, ripping out Revelation and the Epistle of St. James but even his own followers told him that was a bridge too far.
(Proven) however, from his original German translation, he did add the word “alone” to St. Paul’s letter to the Romans to say that man is justified by faith alone, thereby completely contradicting St. James who explicitly says we are not saved by faith alone.
Cuz My Bible Tells Me So – It’s not enough to say, “Because the Bible says so.” – Watch On The Vortex
Amazing new documentary film about to come out of Poland in both a Polish and English version on the Luther Protestant Revolution – Watch Trailer On You Tube In Polish With English Subtitles Also In Article Described Below
“Luther and the Protestant Revolution” movie coming soon! – YouTube
What about Halloween? October 31 – Vigil of All Saints Fast and Partial Abstinence – On Traditio
Hans Holbein’s 1538 Dance Macabre
During the Black Plague These Figures Were Painted on Cemetery Walls
Showing the Devil Leading a Daisy Chain of People into the Tomb
Sometimes Catholics Dressed up as the Dead to Remind Themselves of Their Mortality
The Precursor of One of Our Catholic Halloween Customs
At this time of year the question often arises about the celebration of Halloween by Catholics. Is it, for instance, pagan to dress up and go about as ghosts and goblins? The question often comes up because many modern Christians (mostly non-Catholic ones) believe that Halloween has something to do with worshipping the devil and participating in witchcraft. The truth is that the origins of Halloween are rooted deeply in the theology and popular customs of Catholicism.
The word Halloween, a contraction of “All Hollows Eve,” falls on October 31st because the Feast of All Saints or “All Hallows” falls on November 1st. The feast in honor of all the Saints used to be celebrated on May 13th, but Pope Gregory III, in 731, moved it to November 1st, the dedication day of All Saints Chapel in St. Peter’s in Rome. This feast spread throughout the world. In 998, St. Odilo, the abbot of the powerful monastery of Cluny in France, added a celebration on November 2nd. This was a day of prayer for the souls of all the faithful departed. Therefore, the Church had a feast of the Saints and those in Purgatory.
The practice of dressing up in costumes arose in France during the 14th and 15th centuries. During the horrible bubonic plague, the Black Death, Europe lost a third to a half of her population. Artists depicted this on walls to remind us of our own mortality. These pictures and representations are known as the “Dance of Death” or “Dance Macabre.” These figures were commonly painted on cemetery walls and showed the devil leading a daisy chain of people into the tomb. Sometimes the dance was re-enacted on All Soul’s Day as a living tableau, with people dressed up as the dead.
“Trick-or-Treating” is a very odd addition to Halloween. It is the most American aspect of the holiday, and is the (unwilling) contribution of English Catholics. Guy Fawkes Day became a great celebration against Catholics in England. It celebrated the day the plot to blow up Parliament and King James I was discovered. This was on November 5, 1605. Guy Fawkes was the rather reckless man guarding the gunpowder. He was arrested and hanged. During these times of persecution of the Catholic Church, bands of revelers would wear masks and visit Catholics in the night demanding they be given cakes and beer.
Guy Fawkes Day arrived in the American colonies with the first English settlers. Old King James had long been forgotten, but “Trick-or-Treating” was too much fun to give up. Eventually, it moved to the Irish/French Catholic masquerade. This practice of “Trick-or-Treating” was simply moved to coincide with the Catholic celebration involving dressing up. The ancient Druids did contribute the candy, which was used to welcome the good spirits, and masks (jack o’lanterns), which were used to scare away the evil spirits.
Halloween can still serve the purpose of reminding us about Hell and how to avoid it. Halloween is also a day to prepare us to remember those who have gone before us in Faith, those already in Heaven and those still suffering in Purgatory. Halloween is a time to let people know about our Catholic roots and significance.
Catholic parents who are not comfortable with the worst secular aspects of Halloween, which are admittedly increasing, can avail themselves of alternative activities on that day: family prayer and fasting for the Vigil of All Saints Day, visitations of houses in the garments of non-devilish personae, the reading aloud of stories of the Saints or of seasonal literature, such as Edgar Allen Poe’s Masque of the Red Death and Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and the playing of seasonal music such as Saint-Saens Danse Macabre, Modest Moussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead.
A word of caution, however. The Church has always condemned as sins against the First Commandment, and thus cautioned her children to stay far away from, astrology, charms, divination, fortune-telling, magic, ouija boards, sorcery, spells, witchcraft, and other occult activities, even if they are treated in a trivial or jesting fashion. St. Thomas Aquinas says that it is not permitted to Christians even to dabble in such things: “Man has not been entrusted with power over the demons to employ them to whatsoever purpose he will. On the contrary, it is appointed that he should wage war against the demons. Hence, in no way is it lawful for man to make use of the demons’ help by compacts — either tacit or express” [Summa Theologica, IIa-IIae, Q. 96, Art. 3].
We remember too the Prayer to St. Michael against Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo [Satan and the other evil spirits who roam in the world for the ruin of souls.] As in all things, parents must be sure to teach their children the proper balance in such matters, erring neither on the side of defect or excess.