All Saints Day

Saint Francis - Patron Saint of Ecology and the Poor

All Saints Day – also known as All Hallows – thus last night was All Hallows Eve!

A bit of reflection on saintliness via some literary minds is a nice way to start the month of November. This list of quotes came to my attention on Writers Write blog.

Gardening Saint

Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent. (George Orwell)

Saints - Bruce Witzel photo

If I were going to convert to any religion I would probably choose Catholicism because it at least has female saints and the Virgin Mary. (Margaret Atwood)

St. Francis in Santa Fe

Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance. (Anne Sexton)

Blessing of the animals , downtown LA - bruce witzel photo

Kids delight in ‘magical thinking’, whether in the form of the Tooth Fairy or the saints: whether you see these as comforting lies or eternal verities, they are part of how we help kids make sense of the world. (Emma Donoghue)

Statue in Montreal - photo by Bruce Witzel

In his holy flirtation with the world, God occasionally drops a handkerchief. These handkerchiefs are called saints. (Frederick Buechner)

Gravelbourg Cemetary

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. (Oscar Wilde)

10 comments on “All Saints Day

  1. Behind the Story says:

    I love the Ann Sexton quote and the statue of St. Francis with wings above it.

  2. Gallivanta says:

    A great selection of saints and statues, and art.

  3. Great post. Thanks, Fran.

  4. Roy McCarthy says:

    We had saints coming out of our ears at school (Catholic). St Patrick was a good one when we were young – not so much for his teachings as for banishing the serpents and snakes from Ireland.

    • I remember teaching a catechism class on St. Patrick – the kids made little St. Patricks out of green apples (good for the Irish angle) with a bishop’s crook – handy for dealing with snakes 🙂 I’m sure there was more to the lesson but, like the kids, I only remember the apples and the snakes.

  5. These statues are incredible! I love the quotes as well.

    • Thanks, Angela. Where ever we travel, Bruce and I are always drawn to statues. What cities, towns, villages and even roadside attractions choose in the way of statues and artwork is always fascinating to me. Every piece tells a story about the place and the people, their hopes and dreams. Powerful stuff.

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