Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Boo! Part Four - Swimming With The Spiritual Sharks

The Fourth and Final Part of 
BOO! About Ghosts...

'Tis now the very
witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn
and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world… .
William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 2

Our Lord Jesus and His Apostles taught the Church that each individual will appear before God immediately after death, receive judgment, and be assigned to one of three states of existence: Heaven, Purgatory, or Hell.

This experience of judgment is called the Particular Judgment (the Individual or one-on-one judgment only involving God and the individual soul). From our Particular Judgment, we will be assigned to Heaven, Purgatory, or Hell, to await the Lord’s Final Judgment.

The Book Of Wisdom tells us, “The souls of the righteous are in the Hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them”(Wisdom 3:1). The souls of deceased human beings, immediately after death, encounter God, are judged individually, and then dispatched to Hell, Purgatory, or Heaven until the Last Judgment comes.

Neither your deceased Aunt Tilly nor any other human soul is moving the planchette around on the Ouija Board, nor speaking through Mediums. “Dead men tell no tales.”

The souls of human beings after death are present and accounted for in Hell, Purgatory, or Heaven. So, if human souls are not causing these paranormal events, then there's only one agency for these activities: Evil Spirits, Demons masquerading as the souls of deceased human persons.

A French priest and paranormal investigator, Pere Mainage, O.P., wrote a short and sweet summary of the directive principles of Catholic Teaching on “ghosts,” Spiritualism, Mediums, and paranormal activities. Simply stated:
  1. The Church has not dogmatically pronounced upon the essential nature of spiritualistic phenomena.
  2. Nonetheless, the Church forbids the general body of the faithful to take any part in spiritualistic practices. 
  3. When paranormal manifestations occur, the Church suspects that diabolical agencies are intervening. [La Religione Spirite, page 176]

There are reasons why God says “No” to human beings involving themselves with "ghosts" and spirits. Simply put, when we human beings get involved with discarnate spirits, like demons, we are swimming with sharks, playing with incredibly dangerous spiritual powers. 
  • They are psychologically stronger than us, smarter than us. 
  • They are hostile, angry, devious, evil beings which want to destroy us . 
  • They hate us. 
  • They want to pull us into the eternal misery and hopelessness that they exist in for eternity (see Chapter Three of The Book Of Genesis)

Evil spirits manage to capture us through our freely chosen, altered state of consciousness which we must be in in order to sense them.

For example: When we pray, especially in contemplation, we voluntarily shift our brain activity to a higher consciousness, a concentrated, intentional openness of our intellect and emotions, in order to discern the presence of God and permit Him to enter our hearts and minds.

In activities like séances, using a Ouija Board, or ghost hunting, we place our minds into a similar state of consciousness: an open, receptive, unprotected mindset. You unwittingly unlock all the doors and windows of your conscious and unconscious mind and emotions, and invite these monsters into your being.

It won't be long before you feel the effects of these diabolical squatters in your life.
  • They will start destroying your mind, emotions, and faith.
  • Demons accomplish their goals by “messing with your head.”
  • Sinful human pride is what coaxes people’s fascination with the paranormal.
  • Spiritualism and obsession with the paranormal are pseudo-religions: religions without God ― because, in these religions, you are god.
  • Implanting tiny, poisonous seeds of temptation in your heart, they will stimulate feelings of omniscience in you, feelings that you are special, apart from and better than other people ― because of the knowledge you obtain from these spirits.
  • They will stroke your ego and help inflate it.
  • Then, when you are so pleased and comfortable with all your “specialness,” comes the catch.

Do you recall a scene in the second Star Wars movie, where Luke Skywalker is trying to convince Yoda to train him as a Jedi? Luke says, “I can do it! I’m not afraid!” Yoda responds, “You will be… you will be!”

And so will you, if you mess with discarnate beings who have fallen from God's grace!
  • You will know a ruinous fear like you’ve never felt before.
  • Those tiny seeds of temptations will soon be gone.
  • But in their places, will erupt demonic vines which will coil around you and hold you tight.
  • You will be afraid!
The demons will keep attacking you intellectually and emotionally:
  • At any time or any place they desire. 
  • They will terrorize you over and over with feelings of fear, isolation, paranoia, indecisiveness, helplessness, defenselessness and vulnerability. 
  • You may hear their voices. 
  • You may see things. 
  • Your emotions will suddenly change from normal and balanced into a weepy, lonesome, deep despair.

You will especially feel these in regard to your relationship with God. 
  • The demons will tell you that God will not forgive you; 
  • That they own a piece of you now, and that no one can help you. 
  • Your faith will be attacked – beaten to a bloody pulp. 
  • And finally comes the despair and thoughts of suicide.

Isolation, rage, despair, and hopelessness are what these evil beings will feel for eternity. And misery does love company ― especially captive human company.

No one should deceive himself about the spiritual dangers involved.
  • These evil spirits truly can hook one of their claws into your soul.
  • Hey, after all, you did invite them to come in!
  • You even poked a hole through one of the shingles on your roof to give them access.
  • And, now, they will come and go as they please.
  • But, they mostly do not go. And getting them out is intensely difficult. 
  • Ask any exorcist, or anyone who has been delivered from these unseen monsters.

In the First Part of this Series, I offered some proverbial wisdom: "If you play with fire, you are going to get burned."   As another saying goes, if you play, then you'll pay. You will eventually suffer losses:
  • The loss of your faith and hope;
  • The loss of peace and balance in your life;
  • The loss of your feeling loved by friends or loved ones (whom you will unconsciously push away from you to produce that loss of love);
  • The loss of self-confidence and decisiveness, and in some cases,
  • The loss of your sanity!

Any attempt to communicate with the Unseen through spiritualistic practices and psychics is extremely dangerous. The Church, down through the ages, has very wisely forbidden it.

Historically, there are two decisions rendered by the Holy Office which deal directly with the question concerning Catholics being involved with spirits, Spiritualism, and Mediums.
  • The first decree is is dated March 30, 1898. It is a reference to the practice of automatic writing. The question was: " (A man named) Titius, while excluding from his purpose any compact with the spirit of evil, is accustomed to evoke the souls of the dead. His method is this: Being alone in his room, without any kind of external ceremony, he prays to the leader of the heavenly hosts to grant him the opportunity of conversing with the spirit of some definite person. He waits for a little time and then he feels his hand moved, and by this he learns the presence of the spirit. Then he explains what he wants to know and his hand writes the answers to the questions proposed. All these answers are in accord with the Faith and with the Church's teaching regarding a future life. For the most part such replies relate to the state of the soul of some dead person, the need that it has of prayers, and complaints of the negligence of its relatives. In the circumstances explained it is asked whether this practice of Titius is permissible."
  • The answer was: “In the circumstances explained it is not permissible.” This decision was ratified by His Holiness Pope Leo XIII. [Analecta Ecclesiastica, Vol. VI, p.187]

Twenty years later, in a full assembly of the Congregation of the Holy Office, the following question was discussed:
  • "Is it lawful by means of a medium, or without a medium, whether hypnotism be employed or not, to take part in any sort of spiritistic communications or manifestations, even such as present an appearance of sincerity and piety, either by questioning the souls or spirits, or by listening to the answers received, or merely by looking on, even with a silent or explicit protest that one has no wish to have anything to do with evil spirits."
  • The answer was: "The most Eminent and Reverend Fathers decided that in every one of these suppositions the answer must be in the negative." This decree was ratified on April 26, 1917, by His Holiness Pope Benedict XV. [Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Vol. IX, p. 268.]

“Do not have recourse to the spirits of the dead
or to mediums: they will defile you.”
Leviticus 19:31

“Any man or woman who is a necromancer or magician must be put to death by stoning; their blood shall be on their own heads.”
Leviticus 20:27

“There must never be anyone among you who practices divination,
who is a psychic, augur, or sorcerer, who uses charms,
consults ghosts and spirits, or calls up the dead.
For the man who does these things
is detestable to the Lord your God!”
Deuteronomy 18:10-12

If you or anyone you know have been involved with Psychics, Mediums, Séances, Ouija Boards, Automatic Writing, Table Tipping, Tarot Cards, or Ghost Hunting, please urge them to give it up, to admit these sins in  Confession, and start or resume living Christian lives as holy as possible.

This Concludes The Series on Ghosts

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