Holiness in human life is indeed possible, pointed out today Msgr. Tomo Vukšić, the Archbishop of the Metropolitan of Vrhbosna and Apostolic Manager of the Military Ordinariate in BiH, on the occasion of All Saints’ Day in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Sarajevo.
The church liturgy emphasizes that at the center of the feast of All Saints is not death but life. God invites all people of all nations and at all times to the eternal communion of his love. To the question of who will ascend to the Lord’s Mountain, the answer is offered by a psalm that says “he that hath clean hands, and a pure heart, who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully”.
“As simple as it sounds, we all know very well that it is quite demanding. Although it is existentially difficult to implement, the state of a pure heart and innocent hands is also possible, as is the state of not surrendering to vanity. These saints, as well as those whom we celebrate throughout the year, are proof that it is possible. One of the joyful findings on today’s holiday is that holiness is possible in human life,” said Vukšić.
The most important message of this holiday, he added, is optimistic and full of hope for us who still walk the streets of various towns and villages and live in our time.
Catholics celebrate All Saints’ Day today to remember all saints and martyrs during Christian history. For many, today is a non-working day, and this holiday is associated with visiting the cemetery and laying flowers on the graves.