All Saints Day, Nov. 1, is a feast day to honor blessed people who could not be included in the church’s formal list of saints. But also of great importance was the day before it, Oct. 31, which was a traditional pagan harvest feast day.
The following letter was written by Kevin Powers, who was named March 20 as the superintendent of Catholic Community Schools, a new Catholic schools system in the St. Cloud metro area. He officially begins his position on July 1.
This year especially, before we unthinkingly put on our green shirts for the Irish March 17 or our red sweaters for the Italians March 19 or 20, we should pause to remember the past and the lessons it teaches us.
Quality of life is not defined in isolation solely by symptoms and pain scales; it is determined in no small measure by the kindness and mercy of those around the person in need. These often emerge at the end of life’s story in ways we never knew before.