Brothers and sisters: If God is for us, who can be against us? He did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him? Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who acquits us. Who will condemn? It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written:
For your sake we are being slain all the day; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.
No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
– Romans 31B-39
Wonderful verse. What a great reminder that nothing can separate us from God’s love.
As an October baby I always enjoy fall festivities and look forward to dressing up for Halloween every year. It is so much fun being able to put on a costume and be able to dress out of character for the day. Last week, I went shopping with my siblings and cousins for Halloween costumes. We all went as a group to a few different stores and had a lot of fun joking around, startling each other and trying on costume parts. I couldn’t help but feel a bit uncomfortable though as I looked around at my surroundings. Bloody baby faces galore, a possessed woman hanging upside down on a wall, and other visuals that when disconnected from Halloween would be seriously terrifying. Some may argue the “sexy” Halloween costumes are just as terrifying as the creepy ones. So why do we accept this scary behavior simply because of the time of year? Why are we putting evil on display and feeling okay with it? How do we, as Christians, approach this holiday? Check out this video- it is about 25 minutes long but they do a good job of discussing Halloween and how is relates to Catholics in today’s world.
Enjoy the end of fall and all of this week’s Halloween festivities! God Bless!