A recipe for sainthood: A homily for All Saints Day

Today we celebrate that great multitude which none can number, the cloud of witnesses, the communion of saints. We celebrate those who have passed the test.  If we ever want to be among them, we must follow the recipe Jesus gives us in the beatitudes today.  We must hunger and thirst for righteousness, we must be merciful, we must be meek, we must mourn, we must be pure of heart, we must be poor in spirit, we must be peacemakers, we must be willing to be persecuted for his name.