Does Halloween scare you? Do you become fearful of the way our modern culture celebrates it? Be assured that there is a Catholic way to celebrate.
Timmerie delves into the origins of Halloween, emphasizing that it is rooted in Catholic tradition. Stemming from the term “All Hallows Eve,” Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day, which is on November 1st. Despite the cultural misconceptions and debates surrounding Halloween, Timmerie clarifies that it is a Catholic celebration.
She touches on two extremes she’s encountered: one which believes that anything goes for Halloween, and the other which avoids it entirely. However, she believes neither of these extremes is correct. Instead, she highlights the importance of understanding the essence of Halloween, including celebrating All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
Timmerie also points out the need to educate and make children aware of the concepts of heaven, hell, and purgatory. She encourages parents not to shy away from discussing the concept of death, as it is a natural part of life and not something to be feared. Furthermore, she introduces the tradition of “soul cakes,” which were given out in Europe to pray for the deceased.
How would you feel about making a tradition of visiting cemeteries? Timmerie encourages you to consider it, and she emphasizes the importance of normalizing death. Even though it’s uncomfortable to think about, remember your death and pray for the departed.