All Saints, All Souls, All sorts
I remember a few years ago, I heard the shortest All Souls Day homily ever: "The Church Triumphant, All Saints, The Church Suffering: All Souls, The Church Militant ...... All sorts." I thought that it was creative and very descriptive.
Well, there are All Sorts in the seminary as well. We had an All Saints day eve party (Halloween) like many other people. Andy Walsh carved the pumpkin to the left; I thought Bishop would appreciate it. I do not think many at the seminary actually understood it, but that's ok.
Two people actually dressed up as me. Curtis Hecker took my favorite shirt, my cane, and my glasses to add to the fact that we already look alike - and masqueraded as me. Andrew Bina played the personality of one of my friends, Deacon Dan Shaughnessy (pictured on the far right). Although Andrew does not look like Dcn. Dan, he did dress like him and carried around a jar of jelly bellies - which is one of Dan's favorite things to give away.
Also, if you think this was all about having fun (it was), there was good philosophical reflection that happened as well because of the masquerade: Thomas' fourth way of proving the existence of God. http://www.newadvent.org/summa/1002.htm Since throughout the evening, there were many people posing as others, there follows that there is a common origin of all of the false examples. If you take that principal through a few steps of theological transposition, you may be able to get to the Fourth Way. (I'll leave that to you) I just thought the situation humorous that a Halloween party lead to a discussion of St. Thomas Aquinas.