Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 37 – Communication

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 37 of our weekly series on the soul. This will likely be the last post in our exploration of the soul according to Cardinal Lépicier’s book, The Unseen World: An Exposition Of Catholic Theology in its Relation to Modern Spiritism, which you can get as a free PDF in the Notes and Links section at the end of this post. This week, we’re beginning on page 131, Whether Spiritistic Manifestations can be attributed to Departed Souls.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 36 – Knowledge During Life and After Death

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 36 of our weekly series on the soul. We’re nearly at the end of our exploration of the soul according to Cardinal Lépicier in his book, The Unseen World: An Exposition Of Catholic Theology in its Relation to Modern Spiritism, which you can get as a free PDF in the Notes and Links section at the end of this post. This week, beginning on page 118: “A Comparison between our Knowledge during Life and our Knowledge after Death.”

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 35 – What the Soul Knows After Death

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 35 of our weekly series on the soul. Our text is The Unseen World: An Exposition Of Catholic Theology in its Relation to Modern Spiritism by A. H. M. Cardinal Lépicier, and we’re currently reading chapter 2, section 2: The Knowledge of the Departed Human Soul. We’re talking about the Catholic teaching on these things and not about soul sleep (a belief of some of our separated brethren) and not about raising the spirits of the dead (which would be necromancy and was condemned by the Church from earliest times, as it is in the Bible). We are talking about how the human soul lives on even after the body dies. One day the soul and the body will be reunited at the resurrection, and, specifically in this post, about the soul and its knowledge after separation from the body, after the death of the body. Notes and links will be at the end of this post.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 34 – YOGO – You only get one

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 34 of our weekly series on the soul. The Unseen World by Cardinal Lépicier is our text and we’re on Chapter 2, Section I, the State of the Soul Separated from the Body. Before we get started on that I want to share with you some things I found for our series in the future. (Notes and links will be at the end of this post.)

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 33 – After Death (Continued)

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 33 of our weekly series on the soul. Before we pick up where we left off in our text, The Unseen World: An Exposition Of Catholic Theology in its Relation to Modern Spiritism by A. H. M. Cardinal Lépicier, I want to take a few minutes to talk about spiritism. Should I have done that before now? Yep. But I didn’t realize I needed to cuz I really thought we–I thought I–knew what it was. And I did. Sorta. (Notes and links are at the end of this post.)

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 32 – After Death

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+JMJ+ Welcome to part 32 of our weekly series on the soul. There’s more about the angels in the first chapter of The Unseen World, but I’m jumping ahead to dive into chapter two, “The Human Soul After Death.” A link to a free PDF copy of the book will be at the end of this post, along with other notes and links.

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Weekly Series On the Soul, Part 31 – Spirits

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 31 of our weekly series on the soul. Can you believe it? Part 31 of a series that was only intended for the month of November 2019, yet here we are. I reckon I’ll keep going with it for as long as I can find something that interests me about it. I hope it interests somebody else out there, too. As usual you’ll find notes and links at the end of the post.

Attention! We interrupt this post to bring you an important story. Like me, you may have heard about the Jesuit priests who were spared when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at the end of WWII. But did you know about the Fatima and Transfiguration connections? I did not. You can read about it in this post by Myra Adams and watch the videos below for more.

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Re-Reading the New Age, Part 3: Education, Bailey-Style

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 3 of the Re-Reading the New Age series. I’m tweaking the schedule a bit. As I mentioned in the first post in this series, I do want to write about other things (and you probably want to read about other things, too) and that will take time. So I thought about it and juggled things around a bit and came up with this.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 30 – Worlds Unseen

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 30 of our weekly series on the soul. I think I’ve found the next text for our series. I stumbled across a book this week while searching for Catholic books on the soul. As I was reading it I began to think I’d read it before but I was reasonably certain I had not. Then I realized that the author’s name was familiar. I wondered if he quoted Dom Wiesinger at some point since the text seemed so familiar. But a search returned no results. Then I looked at the index in Wiesinger and there it was: Lépicier, five times. Lépicier is A. H. M. Cardinal Lépicier and he published The Unseen World: An Exposition Of Catholic Theology in its Relation to Modern Spiritism in 1906, Wiesinger, in 1957. So I was partly correct, it was familiar, I just had it backward as to who quoted who. I didn’t expect to find any of the ones Wiesinger quotes so this is a happy find, for me, anyway, bookworm that I am. Notes and links will be at the end of this post.

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 29 – Intercession

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 29 of our weekly series on the soul. Earlier today I was listening to a Catholic radio call-in show. The host was answering a question about the intercessory prayer of the saints, and some thoughts occurred to me. I made some notes quickly on my phone and decided to write about these tonight:

  • We who are in the Church are the Body of Christ.
  • We are commanded to pray for each other.
  • Our souls are immortal.
  • What does this mean for us as practicing Catholic Christians?
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Gone Fishin’, Back on Monday

+JMJ+ In case you missed it at the end of Monday’s post, I’m taking the week off. Posts will resume this coming Monday, July 20 and the weekly series on the soul will resume next Thursday, July 23. 

In the meantime you might enjoy some lectures from the Thomistic Institute in The Quarantine Lectures series, also available as a playlist on their YouTube Channel. Lots of other good stuff there, too. Also check out the Institute of Catholic Culture for a lot of good solid Catholic lectures. See their YouTube channel

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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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