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.)