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Thursday, November 1, 2012

On the First of November

Happy First of November, everyone! And, Happy All Saints' Day, too!

On the first of November, we Catholics and other Christians worldwide traditionally celebrate the feast day in honor of all Saints. It's a holy day of obligation, for us Catholic Christians. And so I wish you all today Happy All Saints' Day! (Here's a video from YouTube about The Litany of Saints. No copyright infringement intended. Thanks, YouTube, and to the video uploader.) To all Saints in heaven, pray for us!

On the first day of November, this morning, while still in bed, I prayed my rosary and meditated on the Luminous Mysteries. Mother Mary, pray for us!

Here's something for all of us to ponder, too. It's taken from the Gospel of St. Matthew (chapter 5), collectively known as The Beatitudes:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven."

On the first day of November, I thank God for my faith, family, folks, and friends far and wide. I thank our Lord Jesus Christ for being an inspiration to all believers like me.

On the first day of November, let's pray for all those hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy and all of our state's National Guard, civilian and military personnel involved in the rescue and recovery efforts. Let's also pray for those victims and their families.

This is all for now. Until next time around, my dear folks and friends. Take care and have a wonderful day, everyone! As always, I pray, "May God bless us all!" Thank you, Jesus!-chris a. quilpa, 01Nov2012

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