Saints and All Hallows Eve

What does All Saints Day have to do with Halloween?

Father James Martin, SJ, author of My Life with the Saints, talks about the connection between Halloween (October 31) and All Saints Day (November 1). Fr. Martin answers FAQs such as:

  • How saints get made?
  • What is a patron saint?
  • Is praying to the saints considered idolatry?

In addition, he discusses the lives of three of his favorite saints, Francis of Assisi, Therese of Lisieux and Isaac Jogues.

(Originally published October 29, 2008.)

James Martin, SJ

James Martin, SJ

James Martin SJ is the culture editor of America magazine the national Catholic Weekly published by the Jesuits. He is the author of numerous books including My Life with the Saints and The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything but is perhaps best known as "chaplain" to The Colbert Report due to his frequent appearances on the show.


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