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All Saints Day
Thursday, November 01 2012

Saints from Every Nation...

In Heaven, saints from every nation worship the Lord:

After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb." - Revelations 7:9-10, NAB

As we celebrate All Saints Day, or the Solemnity of All Saints, the first reading from today's Mass comes from Revelations, and we find out that saints from every nation are standing before the throne of God.

Christianity sprung up out of Israel almost 2,000 years ago and was led by one Jewish Man, our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Since then, His message has gone to the furthest corners of the globe.  His work continued on through faithful souls, and many of them are now recognized as saints.

Two of these saints were recently recognized from North America.  St. Kateri Tekakwitha was born of a Mohawk man and Christian mother, but died at the young age of 24.  Another saint from North America was St. Marianne Cope, who was born in Germany but did her missionary work with St. Damien in Hawaii.

Other new saints were also canonized on October 21st, 2012, and they include Ss. Jacques Berthieu, Pedro Calungsod, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Maria Carmen Salles y Barangueras, and Anna Schaffer.  Obviously, by their names alone, we recognize that they represent a multitude of nations.

Together with many of our currently beloved saints, such as Ss. Thomas Aquinas, Ignatius, Francis of Assisi, Therese of Lisieux, and others, the saints represent how Christianity went beyond the land of the Jews and spread to the four corners of the Earth.

The work of the saints continues today.  Actually, there are future saints walking among us.  They may not be recognized as saints yet, but one day, they will be.  There are future saints in China, Russia, Africa, South America, and the United States.  Every nation and every continent has faithful Catholics doing the Lord's work, and they will someday stand before the throne of God.

Today, let's remember and celebrate the work of the saints that came before us.  Without them, Christianity and Catholicism would not have spread around the world.  May we continue the work that began with Jesus, the twelve Apostles, and other early saints, and pass on that work to all of the saints yet to come.

 

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