For those who were not brought up in an authentically Catholic cultural environment, Halloween can easily take on the character of a death festival.
Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Remember the days when Halloween meant flocks of children dressed as cowboys and princesses who actually did tricks on your doorstep in exchange for a treat? How did we get from that innocent celebration to the parade of ghouls, witches, and zombies that arrive on our porches today, impatiently grabbing candy out of the bowl as they rush off to the next stop?
The annual Halloween debate about whether or not Catholics should participate in this pagan holiday is raging anew, but one Deacon in the Diocese of Portland suggests that instead of continuing in our love-hate relationship with this holiday, we turn it into a valuable teaching moment for our children.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
As a way to witness to the Christian faith on Halloween this year, Christians across the UK are being urged to place a light in their window as a sign to passers-by that they are followers of Jesus Christ.