The festival of Samhain, which is behind modern-day Halloween, marked the end of the Celtic year and of agricultural work. People followed the rhythm of nature and wound down their activity. This festival began that period of resting, and was an occasion for meeting up, for building bonfires, celebrating the harvest and for storytelling. It was felt that the gap between the material and spiritual worlds was very thin at this time. The bonfire tradition still persists in Ireland and England to this day. The Western Churches took over the importance of this date – with its themes of endings and beginnings – and added to them remembrance for those who have gone before us. So…reminders of change but also of celebration, of fully living each moment that is given to us.
We must make good use of this life for the time we have left. This brief flash of light, like the sun appearing through the clouds.