Halloween: The history, meaning and how it can be redeemed


Here’s a good comprehensive resource on many of the various topics associated with “Halloween.” It’s good for everyone to understand…you know, what we’re actually celebrating! Like most of the western world’s holidays (from the words “Holy Day”, of course) they have roots in Christianity.

Read a Catholic Christian history of Halloween (All Hallows Eve)…and discover what Catholics believe about witches, ghosts and magic. [Full Story]

Have a happy Halloween (with plenty of skeletons, severed heads, and other gruesome things that remind us of our mortality and the lives of the martyred Saints who’ve gone before us). Then have an even happier All Saints and All Souls days afterward! And don’t forget to check out the tale of Ol’ Jack of the Lantern!

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mimmi November 3, 2009 at 1:52 pm

this time has been a special one for thousands of years, long before christianity came up in the midle east, western tribal people honored their dead ancestors. it’s nice that christianity continues this tradition.

Carol November 4, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I’m sorry but your “good comprehensive resource” is dangerously wrong.
But don’t believe just me, check out http://oswc.org/ the Ohio Spiritual Warfare Center – a Roman Catholic Apostolate.
There is nothing about Satan that should be taken lightly. Don’t think for a minute our baptism protects us from demonic attack just look at Padre Pio. Yes Satan is not the equal and opposite of God, but he is a whole lot more powerful and trickier than our little selves and if we’re not really REALLY right with God, the protection He gives us through salvation may have been unknowingly taken down by we ourselves in our smugness.
I stopped reading I saw so many doctrinal errors, but another one that stood out was that exorcism is a a part of every baptism, it is not uncommon or special, it is that important.
If anyone is the least bit curious about the occult, they should check out this site (again) http://oswc.org/ and maybe get the books written by Fr. Amorth, who was the lead exorcist at the Vatican.

Matthew Warner November 5, 2009 at 10:19 am

Mimmi – I agree. And not only does it continue the tradition of this natural human sentiment, but it gives it even more significance…it completes the sentiment. Pretty cool.

Carol – I think “dangerously wrong” is a bit of an exaggeration unless I’m missing something. There are a few things in it that I would have perhaps worded a bit differently. But I couldn’t find anything that was doctrinally wrong. Can you please back up your accusation? If there is something wrong, I would definitely like to correct it.

But I didn’t get the sense that any of it was taken lightly at all from reading it. In fact, it says explicitly NOT to take any of this stuff lightly.

Thanks for the additional resource!

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