All Saints Day and Halloween


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What do All Saints Day and Halloween have in common?

by James Martin, SJ

It’s downright “scary” how much James Martin, SJ knows about the saints, so who better to explain the connection between Halloween and All Saints Day? In the whimsical video below,, an online magazine for spiritual seekers, asked Fr. Martin to explain how these two back-to-back days relate to each other.  The best-selling author of My Life with the Saints also answers such common questions as, How does someone become a saint? What is a patron saint? and Do Catholics worship the saints? Courtesy of Busted Halo.

James Martin, SJ 

James Martin, SJ, is associate editor of America magazine and a prolific author, writer, and editor.

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Books by James Martin, SJ

A Jesuit Off-Broadway

Behind the Scenes with Faith, Doubt, Forgiveness, and More

An Off-Broadway cast has plenty of questions about life and faith - and Fr. James Martin, author of My Life with the Saints, is just the right person to offer some answers in A Jesuit Off-Broadway.

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Mi vida con los santos

En Mi vida con los Santos James Martin, SJ nos presenta una conmovedora experiencia respect a su relación con los Santos—desde María, la madre de Jesús, hasta San Francisco o la Madre Teresa—y la manera personal en la que ha side dirigido por los heroes de la Iglesia a lo largo de toda su vida.

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Lourdes Diary

Seven Days at the Grotto of Massabieille

Fr. Martin's illuminating and humorous account of seven busy and gratifying days at Lourdes is a vivid description of a place with a special, mysterious spiritual presence.

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Who Cares About the Saints?

Let James Martin, SJ author of the bestselling book My Life with the Saints introduce you to his favorite Catholic saints in this exciting new saints DVD.

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My Life with the Saints (10th Anniversary Edition)

This best-selling memoir of spiritual self-discovery is an homage to the Catholic saints who have accompanied Fr. Martin throughout his life. Click here to download the discussion guide for My Life with the Saints.

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A Jesuit Off-Broadway

Center Stage with Jesus, Judas, and Life’s Big Questions

Theater and theology share the stage in Fr. James Martin’s A Jesuit Off-Broadway, the true story about the making of a celebrated play.

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Awake My Soul

Contemporary Catholics on Traditional Devotions

A contemporary look at traditional devotions from well-known Catholic writers.

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Praying with America

100 Years of Encountering God in Prayer with America Magazine

Praying with America presents and celebrates the diversity of prayer over the past century and offers readers the wisdom and inspiration of leading Catholic thinkers on the practice of prayer.

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Patron Saints

The saints intercede for all of us, but sometimes the Church encourages certain people to turn to certain saints for special intercession. We call them patron saints, and they can be named officially by a pope or unofficially by any group that wants to seek the protection of a particular saint. A saint can be patron of a diocese, such as Rochester, NY (St. John Fisher), a country, such as Canada (St. Isaac Jogues), a profession, such as dentists (St. Apollonia), an animal, such as cats (St. Gertrude of Nivelles), groups or classes of people, such as expectant mothers (St. Elizabeth), good causes, such as public schools (St. Martin de Porres), and protection from threats, such as cancer (St. Peregrine Laziosi). It is not our faith that patron saints keep bad things from ever happening to us. We do believe, however, that they help us face the difficult challenges of life.