Halowe’en at the monastery and not a pumpkin in sight! The fact is that we ‘do’ Hallowe’en in the traditional way, with a glorious first vespers of the feast of All Saints (All Hallows). It is a feast of light and hope; so while those around us are switching off their lights to enjoy ghouls and goblins and talking of ghosts and vampires, we are focused on something much more marvellous, the beauty and holiness of the Church. There is no room for darkness or fear, but perhaps we need to be reminded of that. The Christian message is always life-giving, life-affirming. If you are partying tonight, have a great party but remember the ‘great cloud of witnesses’ who surround us and celebrate them and the glory of heaven to which we look forward in hope. After all, Hallowe’en ushers in All Saints and All Souls, about which I shall be posting tomorrow.