Sacred Saints, Scary Spirits
TV Series like The Ghost Whisperer, Medium or Monica the Medium
Movies like Ghost, Ghostbusters, The Sixth Sense, Casper or ParaNorman.
When we honor the dead, we think of their life, and imagine their afterlife. And as we celebrate their life, we take a look at our own, acknowledging that ours will end someday too. Saints and the spirits of ancestors are our examples of how we can live a good life that reaps rewards in the afterlife.
But this time of year is also a time when many have believed that the veil between our world and the spirit world becomes thinner and more permeable, so spirits of the dead could cross over and commune with the living. But if the good could cross over, so could the scary. So while looking forward to entertaining the beloved departed, Jack O’Lanterns were strategically placed to scare away the lost and wandering souls who may have no affection for us.
Today, we can remember to bless them all, beloved or strange, that they find peace, and be grateful for the life we have now.