We have four fine readings for this Feast of All Saints, and let’s take them one at a time.The first reading gives us St. John's dream about what heaven might be like.
He saw, “A great multitude which no one could count, from every nation, race, people and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.”
Next, the Responsorial Psalm identifies those individuals who are saved: “Who can ascend the mountain of the Lord? or who may stand in his holy place? Those whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean, who desires not what is vain.
Then, the second reading comes from the First Letter of John. The writer who left us that picture of heaven in the Book of Revelation cautions us against accepting his or anyone’s description of what heaven will be like. He says, “We are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed.”
Although we must go with the Second Reading’s telling us that it has not been revealed what heaven will be like, we can believe the Gospel’s telling us that the Blessed will be made up of those who in this life time were poor in spirit, mourning with the sorrowful, meek, hungering after righteousness.
If you are not too set in your old way of praying the rosary, let me suggest a substitute for the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries. For taking long walks you could use the eight Beatitudes, then following them with the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. You know: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord. You will find that those fifteen mysteries make a good checklist for your Christian behavior.