Today is the day the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of All Saints. We believe in the Communion of Saints, which means that anyone who died in a state of grace, free from mortal sin on their soul, and is now in Heaven with God, is a saint. We celebrate these men and women who submitted to God's will when they lived on earth, and are now enjoying His company for all eternity.
The Church has canonized many people, formally declaring that they are in Heaven. However, the Feast of All Saints has a much broader application, as it includes everyone who lives in Heaven.
It's also a pious belief that the prayers of the saints are especially strong today. They can intercede for us throughout the year, but today is a special day, and we can ask for their help, especially if we are being bullied at church.
All of these holy people, undoubtedly, had their trials. Some of them were intensely persecuted, such as Saint Joan of Arc. Actually, she is a patron of those specifically targeted by malicious people, for their piety.
A mystic who had visions from Saint Michael the Archangel, Joan experienced extreme opposition and betrayal from her local church leaders. In a tribunal headed by a bishop, she was found guilty, after being trapped into making statements that proved damaging. She was burned at the stake in May of 1431.
Saint Joan of Arc, pray for us.
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