Religious ecstasy experinces.
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(08-27-2019, 06:17 PM)MagisterMusicae Wrote: Think how excited people get when they hear about an exorcism and how impressed that a priest can cast out a devil from a possessed body, and yet they think very little about the far greater power by which he casts out sin from souls. The latter is a participation in the order of Creation, by which grace is put into a soul which is dead. The former is just telling the devil to go away with the authority of the Church. Yet it's the fantastical that so many cling to, and not the truly impressive power God has given.

On a side note, this really is incredible to meditate upon. Yes, casting out a finite personal spirit through the power of Christ is impressive, but the healing of a wound of an infinite magnitude is far, far more profound. I'd honestly never thought of confession that way before.
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(08-27-2019, 06:17 PM)MagisterMusicae Wrote:
(08-27-2019, 02:33 PM)Credidi Propter Wrote:
(08-27-2019, 01:43 PM)FultonFan Wrote:
(08-27-2019, 12:31 PM)Alphonse il Segundo Wrote:
(08-27-2019, 11:26 AM)FultonFan Wrote: Two questions:
1) What are some of the most notable experiences by Catholic Saints?
2) If I may, have you experienced such an experience?

What is the purpose in asking?

I’m not sure.
Is it inappropriate to ask?
Apologies if it is.

Not inappropriate, still someone might consider such experiences too private to discuss.

For all the mystical things St Thersa speaks of in her life, it is worth noting that she had a long period of years of total dryness and a sense of abandonment by God, despite being quite holy at the time.

For the vast majority of us, our Christian life will consist in doing our often boring daily duty of state, and plodding along trying to grow in holiness by good spiritual reading and prayers, etc. At the end of our lives we will not have had any overtly mystical experiences, but if we've done our duty and stayed in the State of Grace will become Saints.

This is probably particularly poignant in the extremely sentimentalized society in which most of us probably find ourselves, starting with the misbelief that love is affection rather than an act of the will or that affection precedes charity, if it ever comes at all.  I'm not one given to emotion and have often said jokingly that I'm dead inside but I have still run into this false expectation on occasion and had to remind myself that love is an act of the will and I have a duty to the one who willed my good when I was His enemy.
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