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

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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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Anniversary Giveaway Page is Live Now

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 12 – The Angels

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“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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Celebrate with me!

Updated, March 10: The Giveaway entry page is now live!

Hear ye, hear ye! There be anniversary celebrations ahead!

  • Received into the Church, Easter Vigil 1996
  • First blog post on the site, April 9, 2009
  • Registered the domain name, April 15, 2019

Sounds to me like a good excuse to party all week long, from the ninth until the fifteenth of April this year. Woohoo! :)

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Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 11

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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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Did I ever tell you I saw a ghost?

This is a ghost post inspired by a video by Fr Mike Schmitz. (Video below, notes and links at the end of the post.)

“The mere thought of ghosts can give us goose bumps sometimes, but there are still moments when we think ghost stories are just made up to scare us. Maybe it’s time for some real talk about things that go bump in the night, and other stirrings we suspect may be specters. Can souls continue to communicate with the living after they die? In this video, Fr. Mike gives a powerful reason for why he believes they can.” —From “I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost!” a video by Fr. Mike Schmitz.

When I watched Fr. Mike’s video (see below) I was reminded of what Dom Wiesinger, OSCO, said in his book from earlier in our series. A ghost might not even be a ghost, might not necessarily be a person who has died, but might be a soul coming into contact with another soul, consciously or unconsciously (on either person’s part). We are taught so little about the soul that we do not know how to recognize ghosts, persons alive here and now, and the difference between these and demons.

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

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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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Update, correct link for The Bible and the Church Fathers Launch on Feb 19

Update: Correct link to the launch! Sorry about that!

A quick note to tell you about something I just saw: The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology presents The Bible & the Church Fathers, launching this Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 pm Eastern with free streaming video. But wait! There’s more!

Enter to win a signed study bundle (the complete package of the Church Fathers study for parishes plus John Bergsma’s book, Bible Basics for Catholics). Link below. But wait! There’s even more!

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The Bible and the Church Fathers Launches Feb 19

A quick note to tell you about something I just saw: The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology presents The Bible & the Church Fathers, launching this Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 pm Eastern with free streaming video. But wait! There’s more!

Enter to win a signed study bundle (the complete package of the Church Fathers study for parishes plus John Bergsma’s book, Bible Basics for Catholics). Link below. But wait! There’s even more!

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The Bible and the Church Fathers for Lent

Have to share this with you: During Lent this year the St. Paul Center is offering free viewing of their new series, The Bible and the Church Fathers, with the purchase of a workbook, leader guide, DVD set, or kit. Get to know your Church family and learn how they read the Bible. (Links at the end of this post.)

This Lent, get free streaming of The Bible and the Church Fathers! For a limited time, you can get free access to our premiere video study when you buy a workbook, leader guide, DVDs, or kit.”

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