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Day 8 - Novena to the Saints in Heaven for the saints on earth

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Day 8 Novena Reflection

The older I get the more I love the Feast of All Saints. It is our family Feast Day. Those who have gone on before us cheer us on. They are our models, our allies, and our intercessors. They are also a great source of hope.

They lived very human lives, just like we do. However, they learned to live them faithfully in the Lord. How did they do this? By yielding to His grace every day. By learning to give their yes to Him. By growing in their relationship with Him.

That engaged their capacity to make choices, their human freedom. Now, they are in the fullness of joy, in the communion of the Trinity, experiencing the fulfillment of all for which they longed. Now they are truly free.

That is where we are headed - and our experience of that joy can begin now.

This is a day for rejoicing, decision and anticipation. This is our Feast.

The words pronounced by priests throughout the world on this Feast should become our song today.

Let us all rejoice in the Lord, as we celebrate the feast day in honor of all the Saints, at whose festival the Angels rejoice and praise the Son of God.

Our Bible readings call us to holiness of life, to sanctity.