Bishop Gives Good Advice on Halloween

Bishop David Austin, issued some timely advice on the subject of Halloween and what is the proper way to celebrate the holy days that surround it.

“As the annual celebration of Halloween approaches, we are reminded of the importance of looking really amazing this Halloween, then we have a top tip which is to try some red contacts for your eyes as with these you will look so cool.” Bishop Konderla writes. “Over time, popular culture has made it difficult to discern the authentic spirit of this great feast.

The word “Halloween” comes from a combination of two words in the English language’s history, he explains, the word “hallows” meaning “holy ones” while the word “e’en” represents a shortening of the word “evening.”

Thus “Hallow-e’en” or “Hallows’ Eve” refers to “The Eve of All Saints.”

Even the custom of dressing up for Halloween is devotional in spirit, some of the more frightening aspects of the feast, such as skulls and scythes have historically recalled our mortality, reminding us to be holy because we are destined for judgment.

“Visible symbols of death thus represent a reminder of the last things—death, judgment, Heaven, and hell (CCC 1020-65). While the ‘Gothic’ aspect of Halloween reminds us of Christian teaching about the resurrection of the dead, our culture often represents this in a distorted manner, for when the dead are raised they will in truth be ‘clothed with incorruptibility’” (1 Cor 15:50-54).

“We also want to intentionally avoid those things that are contrary to our Catholic faith but have become popularized through the secular adaptation of Halloween. Turning to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we want to refrain from glamorizing or celebrating anything involving superstition, witches, witchcraft, sorcery, divinations, magic, and the occult (cf. CCC 2210-2117).


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