A Great Cloud of Witnesses

Nov 05, 2021

Recovering from my Halloween mini-Snickers hangover, I wake on November 1 to a favorite feast day, All Saints Day, and look forward to its partner, All Souls Day, on the second.  These holy days fill me with a sense of possibility, and hope. Celebrating the dead may seem strange to those unfamiliar with Catholic traditions. These feasts hold some mystery to Catholics, too, because celebrating the dead can be hard.

Since November is devoted to the holy souls in purgatory, we remember our loved ones that have gone before us in a special way through the entire month. Remembering your family and friends that have passed away can be bittersweet. There’s the ache of missing them mixed with the joy that they are (or are on their way to) enjoying heaven. I pray daily for my parents and others who have died while having faith that my prayers are in some way helping them on their journey.

Celebrating All Saints and spiritually partnering with them - those who have succeeded in God’s plan - encourages me as a creative Catholic woman. I feel the influence of Jesus Christ in my life, and I reach out to my favorite Saints to discover how they discerned God’s Word so I might glean a bit of their wisdom. The Saints have been there and done that and are a fantastic resource when you’re searching for a solution or discouraged in your task.

I’ve recently come across this passage from Hebrews where the author explains the great history of holy people who have laid the groundwork from Abel to Abraham, Joseph, Rahab and Moses:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. Letter to the Hebrews 12:1-2

The image of ‘a great cloud of witnesses’ helps me to see the communion of saints in a way I never really have before. Every saint has run their race. They’ve gone before us. They can’t run our race for us but can pray for and intercede for us. They’re on our side in tandem with the Trinity. They’re encouraging us, applauding as we strive to follow their example and God’s requests of us.

As members of the Spoken Women community, we will help you follow your heaven-sent path whether that is to share your talents as a hobby, personal therapy, or as an entrepreneur.

Spoken Women is a place for creative women united in the love of Christ. We want to foster bonds that are meaningful, forge connections that are deeper, offer value plus create relationships that are sustained and blessed by Jesus.

We are excited to be journeying back to this wonderful Spoken Women community to share our creative voices with the world. Let’s be a great cloud of witnesses together.

 

by Mary Mahan-Deatherage Divine, Clever or Whatever.com
Photo by Tomasz Smal on Unsplash

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