+JMJ+ Welcome to part 41 of our weekly series on the soul. I couldn’t let today go by without a special something for the saint whose name I had chosen but, sadly, never got to give as my confirmation name (that part was skipped over for some reason): Saint Teresa of Avila, or, more properly, Saint Teresa de Jesus. Even more properly: Santa Madre Teresa de Jesus. (I’ve actually practiced saying that for years and if I could roll my r’s, I think it would sound pretty convincing, but I cain’t, so it dudden.) So I’ll post the next part of Body, Soul, and the Life Everlasting next week and share these three talks about Saint Teresa, Doctor of the Church and of the Soul, with you tonight. (I think we’ll have to explore some of St. Teresa’s writings at some point, don’t you?)Continue reading “Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 41 – Doctor of the Soul”
+JMJ+ Welcome to part 38 of our weekly series on the soul. It’s not absolutely necessary to read all of the previous posts in the series, though it’s a good idea to get around to reading the first five (annotated Table of Contents). Tonight I’m sharing info about two books and one dissertation, and also sharing some videos on the soul, and growing in a time of turmoil.Continue reading “Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 38 – In a Time of Turmoil”
+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.Continue reading “Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 35 – What the Soul Knows After Death”
+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.Continue reading “Weekly Series On the Soul, Part 31 – Spirits”
+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.Continue reading “Re-Reading the New Age, Part 3: Education, Bailey-Style”
+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.Continue reading “Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 30 – Worlds Unseen”
+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?
+JMJ+ A thousand apologies! I tried writing Thursday’s post with my eyes closed. Oddly enough it didn’t work. My mind said write and my body said sleep. Guess we see which one won. How embarrassing. And annoying. (May have something to do with the migraine that I’ve been fighting.) So I will continue writing the post but it won’t be posted until later, sometime on Friday. I’ll also lead the Live Rosary on Twitter at 7pm CDT, 8pm EDT, on Friday. I begin with some optional preliminary tweets at about 6:45pm, the Rosary itself begins on the same thread at 7:00pm, then some optional closing prayer tweets, ending the thread at about 7:30pm CDT. Check out some of the past threads using the links on the Twitter Devotions page. You have a standing invitation to join us every Tuesday and Friday.Continue reading “Tried writing with my eyes closed”
+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.
Continue reading “Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 27 – Death and Life”
I’ve selected some passages from In Conversation with God, Volume 4, for us tonight: Chapter 2, Death and Life.
+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.)Continue reading “Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 26, Quantum Reality and More”
+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.Continue reading “Weekly Series on the Soul – Part 25 – Spiritual Enemies”
+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.Continue reading “Weekly Series on the Soul, Part 24”