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ALL SAINTS DAY – 1ST NOVEMBER.



“Every day in the Church year has a saint day, but the Solemnity of All Saints is when the Church honors all saints, known and unknown. This is similar to Veterans Day and Presidents Day, two U.S. holidays when a group of people are honored on one specific day. While we have information about many saints, and we honor them on specific days, there are many unknown or unsung saints, who may have been forgotten, or never been honored specifically.



All Saints Day is a day of thanksgiving, a day when we think about those who have gone ahead of us. This feast day has given me the desire to pause, and to reflect yet again upon the powerful words of an Acknowledgement of Consumers Past. A particularly moving acknowledgement was given by Consumer Advocate Michael Burge at the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum in Sydney 3 May 2012. I share an extract here:


“I feel both privileged and very humbled that I have been asked to speak briefly here today. I am very aware that I will not be able to give enough recognition to the consumers of the past in this short time but I will try.


Firstly I would like to ask everybody to observe a minute’s silence so that we can pay our respects to everyone who has been touched by mental illness – their families, the dedicated volunteers, and the many service providers who care for these people.


I would like us all to pay respect to the courage, spirit, selflessness & vision of all the consumers past who have paved the way for a better future for everyone who has a mental illness.


And for all of us to remember those who, despite no power or status


Challenged, Spoke out, Created pathways, opportunities & environments that empower people to recover, that enable them to reconnect to themselves, others, & the meaning and purpose in life.


To give us a voice they lived, suffered ignorance, abuse, humiliation, exclusion, isolation, incarceration and some even died… all of which has led to this time and place where we honor their efforts and nowadays stand tall and contribute as equals. So we can be treated like everyone else; not invisible, but part of the normal order of things.


So that people with a lived experience of mental illness can be part of a world that does not judge them, fear or pity them, but rather one where they are judged by the content of their character and what they can value add to society, not by their impairment, but instead judged by their ability, not their disability.”


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The Solemnity of All Saints Day Karinya News - July/Sept 2012 Michael Burge Inside of a Church Image