“Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep and a glass of wine!” Saint Thomas hit the nail on the head with that one. At the annual All Saints’ Day Feast, Ave students got an extra hour of sleep while sharing a meal with friends, enjoying the beautiful “winter” weather, and listening to live music. With finals and 15-page papers looming in the distance, the camaraderie and cheer of the feast was a much-needed break from the sorrows of schoolwork. All Saints’ Day is such a wonderful feast to celebrate, because it reminds us of the holiness we are all called to attain. Mother Angelica said, “If you’re breathing and you’ve got two legs, you’re called to holiness.” This point can’t be emphasized enough– God wants us all to be great saints, and He gave us the saints as models to follow in this beautiful lifelong endeavor. We are especially reminded to emulate the saints’ holiness on this feast day, but we are also reminded that we need to rejoice in their love and in God’s love for us!
Of course, holiness is a top priority for Catholics, but that certainly doesn’t mean we can’t kick up our heels! Featuring student-led bands, Tom Monaband and the Dominos and the Jon Babineau Trio, the feast included the student body dancing and singing into the night with great food, which kept everyone full and happy. Students, professors, and families all gathered in the outdoor amphitheater to celebrate the joy and sacrifice of the saints that we are all called to incorporate into our lives.