3 Reasons, Vol. 8

Welcome to the 8th edition of 3 Reasons I Love Catholicism.  If you’d like to see the history behind this series, check out the original post, or the previous editions.

To everything there is a season…

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All Saints Day (TODAY!)

I am terrible at celebrating saints feast days. Just awful. I never make the cool recipe, or teach the awesome craft. If we’re lucky, I read the saint’s story. This probably makes me the worst Catholic homeschool mom ever, but there it is.  (One cool app I’ve been trying to implement is this one: Saint A Day App)

So thank you Jesus for All Saints Day! I can offer up all my prayers to each of our patron saints in one fell swoop. It’s also so extremely comforting to know that they are praying for us. Can I tell you a funny secret? Sometimes, when I’m asking a particularly awe-inspiring saint for intercession, I get a feeling that is akin to being star-struck. The most vivid memory was once I was asking for Blessed (soon to be Saint!) John Paul II’s intercession and it felt like I was getting a private audience. I almost couldn’t verbalize the prayer, I was so nervous. Which is why I’m pretty sure he heard me and took my prayer to our Lord. Thanks, JP II. You da man.

For my non-Catholic friends: Why Catholics Pray to Saints

P.S. Go to Mass!  🙂

 

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All Souls Day (TOMORROW!)

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, the Mexican tradition of Holy Souls. Maybe Anna  at A Thousand Generations will share something about this?

November 2nd is the day we celebrate and pray for everyone who has died. We pray for those in Purgatory to be united with Christ, and we especially pray for family members and friends. I’m awful at remembering to do this throughout the year too, so I sure appreciate a day dedicated to it. I have a feeling I’m going to need lots of prayers after I die, so I’m glad to help out my brothers and sisters in Christ any way I can.

A special note about Nov 2:  It’s our Gabriel Thomas’ birthday.  I mentioned in Gianna’s birth story that we named our miscarried baby Gabriel and then named Gabriel Thomas after him.  One of the reasons was because Gabe was born 2 weeks early on the feast of All Souls.  It seemed fitting to honor our baby in heaven by naming his little brother after him.

For my non-Catholic friends: Why Catholics Believe in Purgatory

 

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Ghosts

Kevin and I have a family member who explores paranormal activity. We got into a discussion about it recently and I honestly wasn’t sure what the Catholic Church taught on the subject. Bonnie at A Knotted Life posted a very interesting link in her blog today that helped clear things up.

The short answer is yes, Catholics do believe in ghosts.  A longer answer from Paul Thigpen, PhD:

From a Catholic perspective, then, not only the souls in hell and purgatory, but also the saints in heaven can be called ghosts (with the exception of Our Lady, who is not a disembodied spirit because her body was assumed with her soul into heaven). The question for Catholics, then, is not whether ghosts truly exist. They do. The more pressing question is whether disembodied human souls, in the present time before the Last Judgment, are able to manifest themselves to those still alive on earth.

And later:

When the deceased make an appearance, they often come either to aid the living or to ask the living for help.

It sure makes sense to me! Here is part 1 and part 2, so you can read them for yourself.

 

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Comments

  1. Wow, the ghost stuff is so interesting, need to read and then forward to my brother. He has had some pretty wild experiences and sometimes it is hard to figure out what it means. Our faith is so rich.
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  2. I gotta say, I’m still so confused about ghosts… And the kids keep asking about them but their understanding of ghosts is limited to blankets over their heads and illustrations like yours! They think ghosts all wear mittens because they don’t have hands. So I’m just gonna let them think that for a little while longer until I get my head wrapped around the concept… Trying to explain to John Paul what a soul is is hard enough!
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  3. Thanks for the shoutout, Micaela. I hope to put something together about el Dia de los Muertos tomorrow, so look for a post on Monday.
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