Weekend thought: Focus on Christ’s light rather than darkness of Halloween

Spiral of candles for early evening contemplation at York Minster''29 October to 1 November 2014, from 4pm''A serene spiral of remembrance will be created in York Minster's Chapter House as part of its Saints and Heroes event to celebrate the season of All Saints and All Souls, running from 4pm each day as the light starts to dim.
Spiral of candles for early evening contemplation at York Minster''29 October to 1 November 2014, from 4pm''A serene spiral of remembrance will be created in York Minster's Chapter House as part of its Saints and Heroes event to celebrate the season of All Saints and All Souls, running from 4pm each day as the light starts to dim.

October 31 is Halloween and the word comes from “All Hallows Eve”.

It was a time for Christians to “hallow” themselves or make “holy” in readiness for the following day – All Saints Day.

It’s the time of the year when the air gets crisper, the days get shorter and for many this is a dark eerie time. Sadly, many celebrate the darkness of Halloween and forget the light of All Saints. I believe we need to steer clear of the occult, séances, witches, tarot cards and all that is ghoulish. These things glorify the dark activities of this world rather than the light of Jesus Christ.

“We fight against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of this age, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places.” Let us rather bring the light of Christ into all our lives.

So, who are the saints we think of on November 1? Well, they include a long list of notable people but they are not just the ones that bishops and Popes have declared saints because of their deep faith and impressive works.

No, the list of saints includes all those who love God and have worked for him in their lives. It includes all those who have sought to be faithful to Jesus Christ.

A saint is someone who, because of how they love God and lead their life, is worth imitating.

They are not perfect people. Even the most famous saints were not perfect.

Each one of us is called to be a saint and because of the love of God, can be a saint. One day, we will join the company of all the saints in heaven. So, at this time, remember the saints who have gone before by being more like them.

Canon Stephen Bradberry