October 31, is coming soon, and while many celebrate a Halloween with paganism, you have an opportunity to begin a Holy Tradition…
October 22, 2014 A.D.
October 31, is coming soon, and while many celebrate a Halloween with paganism, you have an opportunity to begin a Holy Tradition. Many people across the world are now following in this tradition that Our Lady inspired our founder to celebrate each October 31. Take the opportunity to open the door to a way of life, and close the door to the death that today’s culture offers your family.
The Caritas Community spends this night, October 31, as one family, united in communion with the souls in Heaven, as we celebrate the Feast of Morta, a tradition in the way of life Our Lady showed our founder to begin. Together, on October 31, with your family, pause and reflect on the direction of your life as individuals and as a family. Resolve to draw closer to God and the life He is calling us to through Our Lady in this new time. Take the opportunity to give birth to a new tradition in your family.
“Once darkness falls, all the members of our community head to our little cemetery near the Field at Caritas. A fire is built large enough for all of us to gather around it in a circle. We come with blankets to sit upon, and to wrap around us if the weather is cold enough. Many of the kids are sitting in laps, or playing among the shadows of the trees in the woods. Before beginning the Rosary, everyone picks up an old, dried-up leaf. This leaf that we each hold in our hands represents our life, especially all in our life that we want to rid ourselves of—our sins, our failures, our weaknesses, etc. We will think about those things in our lives as we pray. We then, one by one, remember our loved ones who have passed away. Everyone, from the oldest to the youngest, will say the names of those who have died. We ask Our Lady to intercede for these souls, especially those who may be still in purgatory. We remember our Field Angels (supporters who monthly support Caritas) who have passed away, sometimes prominent people in the culture who have passed away recently will be remembered as well. We remember those who lived on this land that we now call our home—those who came before us, even the Indians from long ago who have left many arrowheads as remembrances of their time on this land are remembered. It may take as long as an hour and a half for everyone to recall those close to them who are living out their eternity. Before we begin praying our Rosary, we ask for their presence among us and their prayers.”
Different families who have joined in this beautiful tradition throughout the world gather in their backyards, or another special place that has meaning to their family. You will simply take this evening and spend it in prayer. Begin planning now.
On behaf of Our Lady, the Community of Caritas invites you join with us in celebrating the Feast of Morta in your family.