This Sunday, in the territory of the Southern African Bishops’ Conference, we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints.

Every year the Church recalls the example, the witness, and prayer of holy women and men who have been identified by the Church as Saints. These saints are more than just role models. They are our ancestors and friends – that “cloud of witnesses” who lived their lives to the full despite their own joys and sorrows.

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ suggests that they teach us three things: i) they remind us of who we really are, our true identity; ii) they encourage us; iii) they help us understand that our lives are not for ourselves but for others.

Join Fr Russell as he reflects on the readings for the Solemnity of All Saints.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

Revelation 7:2-4,9-14; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:1-3 & Matthew 5:1-12

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