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Through example, saints shine God’s light in darkness, pope says

Like stained glass windows, the saints allow the light of God to permeate the darkness of sin in the world, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.

Just as light enters a church through multi-coloured windows, the lives of saints shine forth “according to their own shade,” the pope said on 1st November.

All the saints “have been transparent, they fought to remove the stains and darkness of sin so that the gentle light of God can pass through,” the pope said. “This is the purpose of life, even for us.”

Before reciting the Angelus prayer with people gathered in St Peter’s Square, the pope said the day was a “feast for us not because we are good but because God’s holiness has touched our lives.”

The day’s Gospel reading from St Matthew, in which Jesus proclaims the beatitudes, contains the road map for “a blessed and happy life,” which the saints followed through in their own lives and deeds, he said.

Picture: Pope Francis celebrates Mass on All Saints’ Day, 1st November, in the chapel of his Vatican residence at the Domus Sanctae Marthae. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano).