31st October.  Halloween.   After the Joneses had spent a year in the US they brought back the idea of Halloween not just as an excuse for a party but with a more serious message.  “The word means, “eve before Hallow,” i.e. before All Saints Day,” Bob explained.  This major Christian celebration has various explanations. It was possibly based on an ancient cultural belief that the souls of the departed wandered all over the earth until All Saints day.  This evening then gave them a last chance to gain revenge on their enemies before entering the next world.  To avoid being recognised they wore masks and costumes.” “But then witches and evil spirits were also part of this spirit world, right?” “It is all strange and mysterious for us, in our different cultures that also have our own beliefs about life after death,” Benedict commented. 

Reflect, share, act. Scripture We know that the whole creation has been groaning with labour pains until now and not only the creation, but we ourselves, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons and the redemption of our bodies.    Romans 8:18-25.     Pope Francis: Each country or region can see solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs. For cultures are quite diverse and every general principle needs to be enculturated, it if is to be respected and applied.  AL 3. Pray: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in us the fire of your love, so that walking together we may renew the face of the earth.