Thursday, December 15, 2005

An unintended corrective to a modern obcession

If you haven't noticed, there are lots of shows on the telly about ghosts and hauntings. Most people would accept, almost unthinkingly, that ghosts are real, that ghosts are spirits who "aren't at rest" and therefore wander the world. It should come as no surprise that this doesn't match up with a Catholic worldview.

Rather, a ghost cannot exist because it would suggest that somehow the person was out of God's hand for a time. This isn't to say that extraordinary moments, such as Marian apparations, can't happen. It doesn't really seem to scan, to my way of thinking, that somehow God would leave someone's soul just to hang out. And no, it's not even a good metaphor for Purgatory.

It seems to me then that when one deals with a haunted house you are probably dealing with the devil and one of his minions.

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