Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 28 – Enemies

Update, July 10, 10:15pm: Errors corrected, hopefully. That’s what I get for writing and typing too fast and hitting publish too soon.

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 28 of our weekly series on the soul, entitled Enemies. And believe me, what I’m reading right now was written by an enemy of our souls. I’m talking about Alice A Bailey. Bailey wrote quite a bit about the soul in her books, and I don’t think any of it is compatible with the Catholic faith. Following her teachings would not be the path of discipleship in any authentically Christian sense, even though she did author two books on Discipleship in the New Age. Her teachings on Christ Himself are highly problematic, to vastly understate the case: the Christ is an office, not a person, Jesus and the Christ are not the same person, the Jews of the time distorted His message, yada yada yada.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 27 – Death and Life

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 27 of our weekly series on the soul. Tonight I want to share some passages from a devotional book–well, from one book in a series of books–that I’ve been using for years, In Conversation with God, by Francis Fernandez-Carvajal. This is not to be confused with the series, Conversations with God, by New Age author Neale Donald Walsch. Far from it. 

I’ve selected some passages from In Conversation with God, Volume 4, for us tonight: Chapter 2, Death and Life. 

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 26, Quantum Reality and More

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 26 of our weekly series on the soul. Two of my current blog projects often overlap each other—exposing the New Age for what it is and isn’t, and exploring the soul—and have grown into near obsessions. Well, the truth is, they were obsessions before they became blog projects. And as I l continue to research and write about both subjects, I feel more and more that I know less and less about either one, and that there is much more to learn. My library is certainly beginning to reflect my current focus. I received two more books this week: a new copy of Theistic Evolution: The Teilhardian Heresy, by Wolfgang Smith, and a used library copy of The Goddess Unsmasked: The Rise of Neopagan Feminist Spirituality, by Philip G. Davis. (I also ordered a DVD but it’s not here yet: Scroll down for a trailer for The End of Quantum Realilty, a film about the work of Wolfgang Smith. Notes and links at the end of this post.)

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Weekly Series on the Soul – Part 25 – Spiritual Enemies

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 25 of our weekly series on the soul. This week I’m not sharing a teaching on the soul, but I am sharing with you something I found that I think we need to be aware of. It’s about something that poses a danger to souls, so I’ll share it with you and I hope you’ll share it with others. 

If you’ve been reading here at Catholic Heart and Mind for a while, then you know I used to be a New Ager. I’ve made no secret of it and some may think I talk and write about it too much. But I feel compelled to talk and write about it because I turned so many people onto it, and I spent so many years turning away from what the Lord was trying so hard to tell me, to show me, to do for me and with me. Plus I see so many people now who either are too much attached to the New Age or make the opposite mistake and give it too little thought and attention. Both sets of people fail to or refuse to see the danger of the New Age, its deception and seduction, and both of them endanger themselves and others by this failure or refusal. 

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 24

Antennae Galaxies Colliding

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 24 of our weekly series on the soul and tonight I’m doing something different. With all that’s going on in the world—the craziness, the violence—I decided to focus on feeding my soul. And I’ll share what I found to help you feed yours, too. 

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 23

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 23 of our weekly series on the soul. When I was a Buddhist, I could never quite accept the teachings on the soul, or, rather, the lack thereof. Not lack of teachings, but the teachings on the lack of a soul. Hinduism, in general, teaches that there is an atman (soul). Buddhism, in all branches with which I’m familiar, teaches that there is anatman (no soul). 

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 21

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 21 of our weekly series on the soul. I’m in the beginning stages of planning a new series or a new phase of the current series. We’ll see how it develops. In the meantime I’d like to share with you a video of Bishop Sheen. (Sometimes I call him Archbishop Sheen, sometimes just Bishop Sheen. Maybe it depends upon what I read last and how he was referenced in it. This video lists him as Bishop.) It’s one of his talks on the soul, appropriately enough. 

Video – Soul, by Bishop Fulton J.Sheen.

Thank you for visiting and reading. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, please stay safe and well, and may the Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 20

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 20 of our weekly series on the soul. Today I was reading a post by Dr. Robert Stackpole at the Divine Mercy website and I want to share it with you. Seems a woman was upset about something written in Divine Mercy In My Soul, St. Faustina’s Diary. The woman took offense “about the way St. Faustina writes of the superiority of the ‘religious’ way to holiness, in constrast to the way of ordinary, lay Christians.” Here’s the part of the letter quoted in the post:

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 19

Four Temperaments

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 19 of our weekly series on the soul. We’re continuing our look at the idea of the four temperaments from a Catholic perspective with a video from Sensus Fidelium, a talk about how the temperaments relate to your predominant fault. At the end of this post there are links to more reading and a questionnaire to help you discover your own temperament.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 18

The Four Temperaments - from Fr Ripperger's Video

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 18 of our weekly series on the soul. This week I’ve stumbled onto the topic of temperaments. I don’t mean that I never heard of them until now, so I suppose I should say I’ve re-stumbled upon the idea, but this time from the perspective of Catholic teaching (which is just about the only perspective in which I have any interest). My laptop is dealing me fits right now so any long post is not going to happen tonight. Instead I’ll link a video from Fr. Chad Ripperger from his Spiritual Theologhy Series: Temperaments. We’ll look at this subject for at least a couple of weeks.

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A few words and another cuppa, let’s talk a while

+JMJ+ Come on in and pull up a chair. If it’s too hot in here, just give it a second and I’ll be turning on the A.C. That’s how it is with sarcoidosis and Prednisone. It’s like going through the change every minute of your life: freezing one moment, burning up the next. Ah, well, enough about me. How do take your tea? Let’s sit and talk a while.

I wanted to say something about the Thursday evening posts (okay, a lot of them have ended up being Friday wee morning hours posts, but I digress) that are part of the weekly series on the soul. It’s not that I am a know-it-all about the soul or spiritual theology or any aspect of Catholic teaching. It’s just that I get interested in a particular subject and the first thing I wanna do is run show somebody what I’ve found, like a little kid. 

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 17

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 17 of our weekly series on the soul. It’s Easter Week and though most of us can’t attend the Mass at our parishes, you probably have your hands full with family, trying to keep up with work or school, getting groceries, and who knows what else right now. I’m in the same boat (except for work, school, and the family part) so tonight I’m going to post some videos that I think you’ll enjoy: two by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and two from Aquinas 101 by the Thomistic Institute. (Also just stumbled across this from the Thomistic Institute, the Quarantine Lectures: info and signup.)

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