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Halloween II: A Catholic celebration Print E-mail
Guest column
Fr. Steve Grunow

In the spirit of the upcoming All Hallows Eve, a.k.a. Halloween, Word of Fire staffers fired some questions at the walking encyclopedia that is Fr. Steve Grunow. He responded with everything you ever wanted to know about Halloween and its deeply Catholic roots.

This article is the second in a three-part series.

Question: What is the relation of Halloween to All Saints/All Souls? Which came first?

Father Steve: All Saints Day appears to have a more ancient genealogy than All Souls Day.

The practice of a festival day to honor the whole Communion of Saints, rather than that just a single saint, seems to happen for the first time in the Catholic Church with the consecration of the Pantheon as a public place for the Church's worship. This happened in the year A.D. 609 (or A.D. 610) on May 13.

Creed of the People of God, Part 6 Print E-mail
Knowing Your Faith
Knowing Your Faith column

Dr. John P. Joy

Continuing our series on St. Pope Paul VI's Creed of the People of God, we come next to the profession of faith concerning the Church.

This Creed is based on the Nicene Creed we say at Mass, but it goes into greater detail about what Catholics are required to believe in order to be "practicing Catholics" and (more importantly) in order to have that faith without which we cannot be saved.

St. Mother Teresa and C.S. Lewis emphasize joy Print E-mail
Guest column

Spirituality for Today
Fr. John Catoir

The thing I remember most about St. Mother Teresa was her joy.

I met her three times in my life. Once when we were giving talks on the same program, once at a Vatican seminar on family life, and once when she asked me to give a week-long retreat to her contemplative novices on joy.