November 5, 2000
volume 11, no. 222
The Holy Father's November 1st Angelus Address for the Solemnity of All Saints Day for the THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS for the November 5, 2000 issue
At the end of this solemn celebration in honor of All Saints, we look on high. Today's feast reminds us that we are brothers for Heaven, where the Virgin has arrived and awaits us.
Christian life is to walk down here with the heart held high, toward the house of the heavenly Father. The saints walked like this, and the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Lord, was the first to do so. The Jubilee reminds us of this essential dimension of sanctity: the condition of pilgrims who, trusting in providence, every day seek the Kingdom of God. This is genuine Christian hope, which has nothing to do with fatalism or fleeing from history. On the contrary, it is a stimulus to concrete commitment, by looking at Christ, God made Man, Who opens to us the way of Heaven.
From this perspective, we prepare to celebrate tomorrow the commemoration of all the faithful deceased. We go spiritually to the tombs of all our dear ones, who have preceded us in the sign of faith and who expect the support of our prayer. I guarantee my remembrance of all those who lost their life this year; especially victims of human violence. May each one find in the bosom of God the longed for peace!
From this point of view, Mary appears with greater reason as Queen of saints and Mother of our hope. We address her so that she will guide us in the road to sanctity, and support us in every moment of life, now and at the hour of our death." ZE00110101
November 5, 2000
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