Appleton, WI

Nov 1 Homily Connect: Holiness

Solemnity of All Saints, November 1, 2020

REV 7:2-4, 9-14 JN 3:13, MT 5:1-12


When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying: “Blessed are…”

Vatican II Church Fathers Very Clear

  • All baptized believers and disciples of Jesus are called to holiness
  • Holiness not just for ordained and religious
  • Early Church mostly canonized priests, bishops, popes and religious brothers
  • What about raising up more saints who are married wives, husbands or couples?

Explaining Sanctity to Children

  • The example of the stained-glass windows in church
  • At night they are not beautiful. What makes them beautiful
  • Hands raised, “It’s the light.”

Thinking of Holiness

  • It’s the Lord’s love shining through us
  • Causes us to be super-alive
  • Beaming with the Lord’s joy
  • Doing very ordinary things extraordinarily well
  • Real-not syrupy

We Need the Lord

  • We have a tendency toward selfishness
  • All saints struggled with selfishness at one time or another

Our Youngest Saint-Carlo Acutis

  • Recently beatified in Italy on October 10th
  • Normal kid-loved computers and video games
  • Also loved the poor…bought homeless sleeping bags and hot drinks
  • Wanted less for himself-more for others
  • His love was extraordinary for the marginalized

Carlo Died of Leukemia at 15

  • Buried in sneakers and hoodie
  • He was ordinary yet the light of Jesus’ love shone brightly through him
  • Pope Francis said Carlo and St. Francis both had a great love for the Eucharist and for the poor

An Afternoon on a Hillside by the Sea of Galilee

  • We are given the recipe for happiness
  • If I live these attitudes, I will be happy
  • Beatitudes may have had a special meaning to Blessed Carlo

Watch out for the Saints in your Neighborhood!

Questions for Reflection

  • What impacted you from today’s Gospel and/or homily?
  • What one Beatitude do you organize your life around?
  • What one or two Beatitudes are a special challenge for you?

Live Connected

Pray about a specific Beatitude which might be troublesome to you. Make a simple action plan to better live that Beatitude.