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 with 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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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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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 16, St Francis, not the one you’re thinking

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 16 of our weekly series on the soul. Tonight I wanted to share something I learned today about Saint Francis de Paola. I have to confess that I knew very little about him other than his name until now, but I read a little about him today (since it is his feast day) and downloaded more to sift through. But what I want to share with you right now is the animal/soul connection. It seems that St. Francis de Paola had legendary compassion for animals. And I say “legendary” because the only mentions I can find about it are in accounts of legends that have grown up about him. That doesn’t mean they aren’t true or that there isn’t at least a kernel of truth about them. I haven’t gotten very far along in my research yet, but I find it interesting nonetheless. (Notes and links will be at the end of the post.)

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 15

Welcome to part 15 of the weekly series on the soul. I’ve been sharing parts of books, videos, podcasts and what-have-you on the human soul according to the teachings of the Church. We’ve looked at two classic works, Cistercian Dom Wiesinger’s Occult Phenomena in the Light of Theology, and Benedictine Dom Vonier’s The Human Soul and its Relations with Other Spirits. We watched videos by The Thomistic Institute in the Aquinas 101 series, and we’ve heard episodes from the Catholic Culture podcast talking with Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University, James Matthew Wilson and his book, The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness and Beauty in the Western Tradition. This week we’ll look at another classic text, this one by Dominican Fr. Antonio Marín Royo and his Theology of Christian Perfection, translated by Fr. Jordan Aumann. Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange is said to have preferred this book to his own.

“Fr. Garrigou considered this manual to better than his own The Three Ages of the Interior Life and…he recommended it more highly. 

The Ite ad Thomam Institute.

I read that massive two-volume tome by Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange when I was beginning to fall in love with the Church and for him to prefer Fr. Royo’s is high praise, indeed. So I thought we would look at Fr. Royo’s book and specifically at Part 2, Chapter 2: Causes of Mystical Phenomena, beginning on page 561. (Note: Fr. Garrigou read the Spanish original but I can’t read Spanish so I have to use the English abridgement translated by Fr. Aumann. So that’s what we’ll use here.) Notes and links are at the end of the post.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 14

Welcome to part 14 of our weekly series on the soul. In the previous couple of weeks we’ve been reading what Dom Vonier wrote about Angels and Guardian Angels and our human souls in relation to them. This week we’ll wrap up with the Angels for now (pages 328-334) and then I have something to share with you about my family’s experiences of many years past.  Next week we’ll look at a different book: Fr. Antonio Royo Marín’s Theology of Christian Perfection. All quotes are from Dom Vonier’s book unless otherwise indicated. As always, notes and links will be at the end of the post. Let’s go!

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 13 – The Guardian Angels

Welcome to part 13 of our weekly series on the soul. Last week we looked at the chapter in Dom Vonier’s book on the Angels and their relation to us. This week we’ll look at the Guardian Angels, Ch. XLVIII, pages 309-328. You can catch up using the links above or at the end of this post. I’ll include notes and other links there, too. The quotes are from Dom Vonier’s book unless otherwise noted. Punctuation as in the original.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 12 – The Angels

“There is a good deal of allusion to the theology of the Angels in this book on the Human Soul. This is unavoidable, as the theology of the Human Soul coincides in many points with the theology of the Angels.” —Dom Vonier

Welcome to part 12 of our weekly series on the soul. For this week I’ve chosen The Human Soul and its Relations with Other Spirits, by Dom Anscar Vonier, OSB, who, like Dom Wiesinger, OSCO, looked mainly to St. Thomas Aquinas as the Master Theologian, mainly if not exclusively. (Oh, how I love these good, old, Catholic books!) You can get a PDF copy for free. I’ll put a link at the end of the post. (I bought a Kindle version at Amazon, but I can’t recommend it to you. So many typos and even missing words. Oy! Commission from affiliate link or not, I can’t recommend it at all. I’m not even going to post the link.)

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 11

Welcome to part 11 of our weekly series on the soul. This week I want to talk about the powers of the soul and the phenomena that is often called paranormal or occult these days, phenomena also too often ascribed to angels, Holy Souls, or demons, when it could easily have its source in ourselves or in others around us, sometimes but not always in the circle of our family and friends. Notes and links are at the end of this post.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 10, Powers of the Soul

Welcome to part 10 of our weekly series on the soul. This week we have two videos, both from the Thomistic Institute and their Aquinas 101 series, Powers of the Soul: A First Look and A Closer Look. The human soul shares much in common with other souls, but there are also some things that set us apart.

There are many videos in that series that I think you’ll enjoy. I’ll probably include some more in this series or another one later. Right now I’m halfway through reading a book about the soul from which I plan to begin sharing text next week. Links and notes are at the end of this post.

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