Trick or treat, or not is the question I have come to reconsider as traditionay halloween was a day set aside for penance before the Holy Day of All Saints. How this day formerly a day of penance became a day of festivity and aswell as a day of mischeif and much higher rates of sin is interesting to me and the more thought I place on this the more doubt I have that it is a coincidence.
Halloween though a day that can be much fun also has many dark aspects to it and unfortunately it gets darker with each passing year it seems. The decorations get more gruesom and life like, the movies more diabolical, the revelry to such a degree that it could cause pagan cultures to blush with shame. Now the days of giving soul cakes as alms gifts to children from poor families is an entirely forgotten scenario all together.
I fear however that what has and is happening especially here in the states is that the culture of God is being entirely replaced with total securlarzation and I would argue that this is likely an organized effort from several sources, The Church has been placed in an obscure corner with babbling Bishops and Popes who have also adapted the religion of the secular state all under the banner of peace and so called love. Halloween has become a day that embodies the hatred and mockery of satan and his constant battle with Heaven which is why he chose to attack the Saints of the Church precisely on the vigil of All Saints Mass.
The enemies of God all become small facets of Satan and carry his banner into many realms, this day brings to mind one of the vilest enemies of God Martin Luther, who on October 31 offically released his heretical pestulance that would change the world forever spawning errors and evils untild thus leading countless souls to hell. This day marks a revolt against God and his Church! Gods justice will repay our iniquities in turn and im afraid will be so severe we will pray for death but it wont come soon enough.
What then do we as Catholics do with this day? The answer to this is seemingly complex though like most all things in the Catholic life it will require sacrifice and struggle it will be giving up social gatherings, parties, and for most of us child hood attachments to once thought harmless fun. We Catholics have become comfortable in the world and because of this we have became the world. In place of these secular entertainments we can baptize this day again in our family customs by placing emphasis on penance in season and celebrate our many Saints on the day Holy Mother Church has appointed and be inspired by their Holy examples and feast in their honor and pray that one day by Gods grace we may be counted among them.
Today, our country celebrates for lack of a better word a day known to us americans as independance day. Fireworks will be set off twirling into the sky, The all too familiar smell of smoldering charcoal in barbecue grills will fill the air as families gather about the back yard patio to join in todays traditional festivities that surround this event we have all grown up to love and cherish in our patriotic pride for our country.
As a child growing up in rural america I was taught to love this day and learned of the great fables of our fore fathers who bled the ground red to give us our great country. Though then i didnt fully contemplate of course the meaning of “the shot heard around the world” or what the declaration of independance actually symbolized or rather put into motion.
Now I have since grown into adulthood and as an American Catholic I dont quite understand how to reconcile this deep love for our country’s founding and devout love for the Church. The truth is that I have found it cannot be reconciled.
No matter how much we want it to be painted as a beautiful piece of art worthy of admiration we simply cannot claim to love God and his Church while also rendering a salute to things such as “power is derived by the consent of the governed”. Power my friends is derived from God not from man. We the people in 1776 declared that we had the right to over throw our legitimate sovereign King to replace him with ourselves.
If I were a protestant this would make sense to me as once one takes it upon himsef to revolt against the pope what power does a king have? However as a Catholic what happened in 1776 should be looked upon with sober eyes not blinded by the star spangled propaganda and see it as nothing more than glorified treason! Our sin made maniefest first in the declaration of independence and later in the constitution not only set our course to destruction skipping happily down a spiral stair with satan but our pestilence spread to the world, thus all but directly leading to the french revolution where 40,000 Catholics were executed!
This doesnt mean however that we are not subject to the current government in place and infact we should follow her laws as she at this point still supports the common good, though with serious errors. We are Americans but we as Catholics must be Romans first as Christ is King and governments only share in his divine authority and We the people have nothing to do with it really.
Democracy will fail, as we are seeing this take place daily as our politicians and even our countrymen have no direction except that direction which leads to destruction, they squabble in a puppet show before us on paid for media outlets like entertainers as they all seek personal interests while appearing to care for the country and its citizens.
We must all pray for the conversion of all those in power so that through the eyes of Holy Mother Church they will see clearly to guide us into a new age. revolt only leads to another revolt and is never from God.