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Solemnity of All Saints
Novemeber 1, 2015

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

The Communion of Saints

We can enjoy what the media and the marketplace do with the fun and fantasy of Halloween and el dia de los muertos, but the Scripture readings remind us of the realities behind the folklore.


The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, SJ

Nietzsche's Nemesis

“We’re number one” is the roaring chant of our arenas, our nationalism, our special-interest groups, our petty hurts. But Jesus says that the lowly inherit the land.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Honor in the Beatitudes

In Jesus’ view, true honor and esteem are determined and bestowed by God, very publicly, for all to see. And the things that God considers truly honorable and worthy of praise are almost always the opposite of what human beings of any culture think.


from the
Early Church


Whatever we do now, whatever good deeds we perform, whatever we strive for, whatever praiseworthy object we long for, whatever we blamelessly desire, we shall need no more when we come to the vision of God. What is there to seek for when God is present?


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Each of the beatitudes falls into two parts. The first part describes the humiliation of the present, the second the glory to come. The beatitudes are addressed, not to all people indiscriminately, but to the disciples, to those who have left all to follow Jesus.