From Ghoulies And Ghosties…

…And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!     (Old Scottish saying)

Fr Hugh Thwaites SJ gives this brilliant talk on a very seasonal topic. It’s a bit long but very worth it. Try taking your laptop to bed with you, and listen to it under your duvet!

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A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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8 Responses to From Ghoulies And Ghosties…

  1. johnhenrycn says:

    Interesting and educational. One of Fr Thwaite’s main points is that there is no need to be afraid of demons and ghosts. Do not be afraid of demons because God and His angels will protect the Faithful from them (but do not consort with demons or invite them into your home, it should go without saying). Do not be afraid of ghosts because they are poor souls in Purgatory who are in need of our prayers or who have come back to give us warnings (but again, to actively seek their visitations is dangerous because you may end up speaking with a demon instead). Is everything Fr Thwaite tells us reliable Catholic doctrine? I could not detect anything in his lecture which offends doctrine, but no doubt, there is more to be learned about demonology than can included in a 42 minute presentation – and on that score, the lecture is 42 minutes long, with the roughly 30 minute balance of the video being a Q&A, which I skipped.

    I liked the fact that this is a podcast. The photo is nice, because it gives our eyes something to do, but when serious material is being presented, I find having to look at the speaker distracts from what he’s saying.

    Thanks, Brother Buritto.


  2. Toadspitttle says:

    Not enough detail on Leprechauns, Banshees, Vampires, Afreets, Golems, Bogey Men or Mel Gibson – to be taken altogether seriously.
    Or It seems to Toad.


  3. Toadspitttle says:

    Well, I got as far as minute 11, before I first fell off my chair laughing. If anyone needed justification for rejecting the whole religious, superstitious ball of wax – this fits the bill a treat.
    However, duly I got up and finished third.

    Father “Thwaite,” to give him his due, doesn’t seem entirely convinced himself.


  4. Adrian Meades says:

    Fr.Thwaites appears incredibly naive in this recording, which seems strange considering his experiences during WW2. He was fortunate that the Japanese shell didn’t go off, but what of all those millions of others who died or suffered terribly? Are all the guardian angels in the Phillipines on strike, or what? And as for ghosts; has anything ever been shown to have been caused by ghosts? No. There is always a much more rational explanation available.


  5. Brother Burrito says:

    You are so classy, Toad.


  6. johnhenrycn says:

    I respectfully suggest that you, Adrian, and Toad as well, are the ones who are “incredibly naive”, or alternatively, hilariously literal and unimaginative – the mirror image of religious fundamentalists. You view existence as consisting of only a limited number of dimensions and refuse to conceive there might be more to it than can be seen with your decidedly non-gimlet eyes. “I can’t see it, I can’t touch it, I can’t measure it, therefore it doesn’t exist.” Duh.


  7. Adrian Meades says:

    By your measure anything could exist then, JH. How do you discriminate?


  8. Toadspitttle says:

    I can’t see Mahler’s Sixth, or touch, it or feel it, or measure it.
    But I believe it exists.
    Same with the atoms, from which JH’s brain is made.
    But I believe they exist, nevertheless. And so does his brain, I also believe.
    I can’t see, or touch, or feel, or measure JH’s sense of humour.
    And yet I still believe it exists. In some form or another.

    “You view existence as consisting of only a limited number of dimensions..”
    For all I know, existence might consist of an unlimited number of dimensions. But so what?


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