The multitude which none could number

allsaintsicon2Today the Holy Church celebrates All Saints Day.

We celebrate the saints,
      that “great multitude which no one could count,
      from every nation, race, people, and tongue”
   that glorious “cloud of witnesses,”
   the citizenship of heaven,
   the assembly of the patriarchs,
   the ranks of the apostles,
   the host of the prophets,
   the council of the apostles,
   the mass of martyrs,
   the noble company of confessors,
   the choirs of virgins,
   the company of the blesseds,
   the congregation in the promised land.

We celebrate the glorious, faithful saints,
   men and women who never lost their thirst for God,
      who served him faithfully and fiercely,
   the famous and the forgotten,
   the old and the young,
   the popular and the not,
   the popes and the peasants,
   the religious and the remnants,
   the mothers and the fathers,
   the holy innocents and the repentant guilties.

St. Bernard said something like this: I tell you, when I think of all those saints, I feel myself inflamed by a tremendous yearning to be among their number.

May it be so for us!