Last week I shared passages from the first chapter, Body and Soul. This week we’ll look at the second chapter, Pure Spirit, angels and human souls. I’m writing this series as I re-read the book, Occult Phenomena in the Light of Theology, by Dom Alois Wiesinger, OCSO. You can get a copy using the links at the end of this post. I’m mostly going to quote passages from the book instead of write about it because I’m at the beginner stage in understanding it; but I want to go ahead and share this material with you because I think more Catholics should know it. See the beginning of last week’s post for some of my thoughts on that. This time Dom Wiesinger gets into the way spirits communicate and the way spirits and humans learn. In this chapter I also discovered a new favorite word: noopneustia. Isn’t that delightful? What does it mean? Patience, patience. It’s in this chapter toward the end.Continue reading
Occult phenomena, why bother; theology, why it matters
Update, Sat, Nov. 9: I left out a link earlier. It did appear at the very end of the post, and now I’ve added it towrd the end of the opening paragraph. Sorry about that! It was in the draft version, but when I pasted the text in, the links didn’t transfer. I had to re-enter them and that one slipped by me. Whatta maroon, huh?
First I’ll offer a few thoughts of my own as to why we should bother to study the soul, occult phenomena, or theology. Then I’m going to quote several passages of Dom Wiesinger to show what he has to teach us. In all honesty, I haven’t studied this long enough or deeply enough to attempt to put it in my own words yet. So since the text is in the public domain, I’ll let the author speak for himself. Some of the passages at the beginning of the quotes are repeated from last week, in case it’s been a while since you read the earlier post, or in case you missed it altogether. If you haven’t got a copy of his book yet, get a free PDF copy from archive.org. I’ll provide a link to purchase a copy at Amazon at the end of the post.Continue reading
I’ve been waiting for Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, to speak his mind about the Amazon Synod/Pachamama debacle. And on Tuesday, November 5, he did, on his EWTN show, Scripture and Tradition, where the subject, providentially enough, was righteousness. God is so good! His remarks about Pachamama begin at 31:38 and the link I’ve posted it set to start at that time mark. I’m glad to say that my gut feeling (and mental judgment) about the situation continues to be affirmed and confirmed by what I’m hearing from those for whom I have much respect. But Fr. Mitch went further, spoke without mincing words, and revealed some information about the state of religion in the Andes that I have not heard elsewhere. God bless Fr. Mitch! Below is the video.Continue reading
When I was a new ager, I was seeking the truth. I had no idea where to find it but I was seeking it. I had so many questions and many of them were the same ones that man has asked for as long as he has had the use of language with which to ask: What are we? Who are we? Is reality limited to what we can see with our eyes, touch with our hands? Is there life after death? What is the soul? What does the soul do? How do sin, evil, and the Fall effect the soul? What about the spiritual world and angels?
Enter the book I wish I’d had all those years ago: Occult Phenomena in the Light of Theology, by Cistercian abbot, Alois Wiesinger, OCSO, published in the nineteen fifties. (There is a link to a free copy of the book in PDF format at the end of this post.) Wiesinger doesn’t try to be cute or entertaining, and his book is not likely to be showing up on many new ager’s book shelves. Though it does have that much-abused word “occult” in the title, so some may pick it up not suspecting in the least what they’re in for. (Until they open it up and see the word Christian a few times. That’ll put them off. Sadly.) This is Catholic theology and it doesn’t mess around. If you’ve ever read any Catholic books from that the fifties or earlier, then you know what I mean.Continue reading
The famous (or infamous) Mysteries of Light, the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. Love them? Hate them? Never heard of them? They’re at the center of many heated arguments, both on the web and other places. In this brief post we’ll look at the arguments I’ve personally heard most often for not praying them, and then the argument I find most convincing for praying them. Near the end of this post, the video of an episode of EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, with guest Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, discussing his book, 10 Wonders of the Rosary. At the very end of the post are some links.Continue reading
In honor of Father’s Day, coming up on Sunday, I’m watching and sharing a video by Scott Hahn, Understanding the Our Father, from the Coming Home Network’s conference series, Deep in History, based on his book by the same name. (I’ve had this book in my Verbum library for at least a couple of years and I’ve only just now begun to read it. I don’t know how long it was there before I realized it. Correction: I did start reading this a while back but life intervened and I didn’t finish it. Story of my life.) Video below, links at the end of this post.Continue reading
I couldn’t stand it. I’ve been eyeing that book, A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: Old Testament, by John Bergsma and Brant Pitre, and I finally bought the Kindle version. (Yes, I did want the Verbum edition, but I have no idea when that will be out or even if it will be. And patience is not my strong suit.)
One of the first things I did when I started reading this one was run a search for Pentecost. One of the search results, a passage worth quoting at length, was about Pentecost as the undoing of the Tower of Babel. (Links at the end of this post.)Continue reading