DAILY CATHOLIC     Friday through Tuesday: Celebrating the "Communion of Saints" Special Issue     October 29-November 2, 1999     vol. 10, no. 207


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    "Getting to the Heart of the Matter" is what Sister Mary Lucy Astuto pinpoints in every issue when she takes a common sense approach to living our faith with her practical columns.

    This weekend Sister takes a break from the story she was going to bring us this week on Kathy's Story by delaying that a week because of Halloween and exhorts the reader to be careful how you treat the day of trick or treat activities. Candy is dandy, but the face of evil can be masked behind the hidden agenda of satan preying on unsuspecting victims who don't see the path that leads to hell strewn with sweets and bone-tingling chills. That is the gist of her column Why Halloween isn't my favorite holiday!

    Her column provides effective, vital insights into our faith and ways of fulfilling God's Will every day in every way. You can visit Sr. Lucy at her web site for Heart of Mary Ministry at http://www .heartofmaryministry. com or you can reach her at Srmarylucy @aol.com by e-mail.

Why Halloween isn't my favorite holiday!

        Halloween. I don't like it. You heard me right! I wish Halloween did not exist on the calendar or as a day of "celebration." Oh, I don't mind the kids ringing my door bell dressed up as Peter Rabbit, Kermit, or Cinderella asking for candy. I'm always happy to give candy to kids, even though parents may not always appreciate the dental bills that may follow their children eating too much.

        Why I don't like Halloween is what it has become: the montrous and satanical ramifications of the day. Halloween is the great high feast of satanic worshippers. Why should I like it? Why should I look forward to it or want anyone else to look forward to it? I don't! I won't! I couldn't and I shouldn't!

        As I've indicated in an earlier article, I don't watch much television. But when I do, it is quite impossible not to notice the previews of movies showing in theaters. It appears that Halloween with all kinds of monstrous and scary portrayals are on the screen all year round. Halloween has become a year round "celebration," and how people can find such "thrillers" as entertaining is beyond me.

        Perhaps one reason for people accepting the monstrous and satanic thrillers and chillers is because they really don't believe hell exists. I think it was Padre Pio who once said that if you don't believe there is a hell, you'll believe it when you get there.

        Why toy with hellish things? Think it's fun? I see teenagers wearing clothing with different pictures denoting the satanic. Why do parents allow this? And how can these kids "glorify" this evil? It is because of ignorance. They really don't know what they are doing. They have not been adequately instructed as to what they are displaying. They may call it "cool." The diabolic wants the attention it gives him. Do you want to feed satan's ego?

        Dear reader, whether it is with your children or yourself, if you are going to a party, please eliminate what pertains to the monstrous or evil. There are plenty of costumes one can wear apart from those.

        I might also recommend that you do not represent the holy habit of religious or priests as your costume. I've had friends ask to borrow one of my veils. I've refused. The holy habit is not for such secular use even for fun. It becomes sacriligeous when used for such purposes.

        Since Halloween is just a few days away, I felt a need to share the above with you. I shall continue next week with the second part of the conversion story of my friend, Kathy. Until next week, God bless you and please ... enjoy Halloween as though Jesus were right beside you all of the time. He is! Take extreme care not to do anything that would displease Him.

October 29-31, 1999       volume 10, no. 207


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