Friday, May 17, 2013

Regarding Ghosts and Spirits


by M. J. Joachim

We have a “ghost!” Now please hear me out, before you get all carried away thinking I may have lost my marbles or something. It’s the touch lamp – the one in the family room. The darn thing turns on all by itself randomly throughout the day anymore. Then there’s this one door that closes by itself too. Don’t get me started on all the creaking when big trucks go by and strong winds blow. Brass tacks…in all the years we’ve lived here, this house has never been quite so noisy.

Being catholic and believing in spirits easily go together. There are legends and myths about saints that go way back, not to mention the story of Lucifer and how a grand and glorious angel challenged God, wanted to elevate himself to the heights of God, only to be cast into the depths of despair with all those too proud and conceited to realize there is only one God, and we are not it.

People died (and still do die) for this stuff. Miracles happened – sometimes false ones. Religious zealots hell-bent (literally) on judging others in the name of God. I struggle with that kind of religion. It doesn’t make sense to me. The God I know loves me more than I will ever understand. He teaches me in my heart. He speaks to me through the holy Bible. He came to earth as a little tiny baby, grew up and ministered to the people, so he could die to pay for my sins, offering mercy and love throughout the ages for everyone.

It doesn’t make sense that He would be the sort of god who would fulfill mythological stories, where gods toyed with their subjects to increase their own power and fought among themselves to determine who was most powerful. That’s the stuff of humans – not God.

Intermission…(I started this post a few days ago and am finishing it up for posting today.)

The lamp has been replaced. It was fun entertaining the notion of a friendly ghost and all, until the thought of fire hazard entered my mind. As for the door, there’s enough hot air in this house to make it do all sorts of things. And the wind has been unbelievable these past few weeks too. Short answer…I was just having a bit of fun with the circumstances at hand.

Reality check – we are who we are. We can’t be anyone else. Ours is not to judge or accuse. We are born to love and lift each other up. That’s what Jesus did and that’s what He still does today. Humans get it wrong sometimes. Humans need to put on their big people pants and get over their big bad selves too.

Thank you for visiting Being Catholic.

M. J.

Photo credit:  The Storm Spirits, Evelyn de Morgan (1855 – 1919), Public Domain
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