October 31: Halloween

Irish Halloween party, Daniel Maclise, 1833

Today used to be the Vigil of All Saints (aka Halloween), a night when traditionally the veil between Earth and purgatory thinned, the dead could come back to request prayers, and devils could appear to remind us of the reality of hell.

These days there are endless debates amongst Catholics infected by political correctness as to the appropriateness/catholicity of Halloween celebrations.  Personally, I'm with those who think we do need a reminder of the reality of death, demons and the workers of evil....

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