All Saints’ Day, a day of obligation I’m told, so in an hour I’ll go off and discharge my duties. I’m starting to feel like a papist already.
This sort of discipline is a good thing, I think. It marks off particular days for common recollection and worship, and if you don’t happen to feel like it that particular day it’s good to be reminded that the point of the exercise is to get your life turned around so that it’s not what you feel at the moment that matters but more enduring realities. It does seem though that the Orthodox with all their fast days go too far, at least for someone who’s not particularly heroic.
I like the saints in Catholicism. You know God by the company he keeps, and the point after all is to join that company. Also, stripped-down religions may make sense for spiritual athletes but not for most of us. If the idea is to put God in relation to everything it’s good to be shown some particular examples.