Nature of the Human Soul
Below you will find an article from an alternate blog that I own and moderate known as Preternatural Quest, http://preternaturalquest.wordpress.com/
The purpose of this blog is an effort to dispel the New Age of Spiritism that is infecting not only the secular world, but also the Church. In this blog I visit alleged “paranormal” venues and attempt to debunk, where possible, or otherwise warn of potential dangers to Christians. Most of these areas are in the Northeast within a day’s drive of my home.
With the new fascination regarding the occult of late, most especially in the media and internet, and with the abandonment of spiritual teaching of the Church, it is important that some semblance of the Christian perspective and traditional Catholic teaching be promulgated in popular media. This is my small and humble attempt to do so; call it my apostolate, if you will.
I’ve found in speaking with people, even Catholics, that their understanding of the Supernatural and preternatural is addled. They’ve fallen for the popular media’s version of the soul, the nature of life and death, and even of heaven, hell, and Purgatory. Through my blog Preternatural Quest I hope to at least stir some interest in people, most especially the young, in seeking the Truths of the Faith and spurring further Holy reading of Catholic resources.
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That said here is the article which has applications to both of my blogs:
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.
On The Nature of the Human Soul
In order to understand the nature of the human soul we must understand the nature of the soul in general. The soul may be defined as the ultimate internal principle by which we think, feel, and will, and by which our bodies are animated. In other words, the soul is the life force; that agent that causes growth and movement within a living entity. It is the breath of God inspiring life into each of us. All living things have a soul, which is why we refer to living things as animate and other material things as inanimate; thus a tree compared to a rock. Indeed, the very word animate in English derives from the Latin anima, meaning soul, that is, vital force, or sometimes the animating force. Souls are therefore the breath of life breathed into a being by the Great Cause of all being, that is, the great I AM… God, the Supreme Being.
Since the dawn of creation, man has innately recognized the existence of a soul, although its interpretation varied greatly. From aboriginal primal tribes to great civilizations, though obscured by frail human intellect, all men individually and collectively conclude, based on life experiences, that all living things possess a soul. Throughout the history of man the nature of the soul has developed, reaching a pinnacle of understanding in the great Catholic Civilization, which is Western Civilization, through such powerful intellects as St. Augustine and St. Thomas.
We can see that since the soul is the Breath of God inspired within a creature to animate its vital life force, it is an aspect of living things which are of God but not part of God, as the New Age religion now distorts it to be. Also since it (the soul) is of God and God as the immeasurable Supreme Being is not of the substance of the created world, the soul’s aspects cannot be measured, gauged, assayed, or otherwise tested and weighed. Thus souls are not forms of energy that can be captured by EVP, degausses, cameras, ghost boxes, or other mechanical or electrical devices. To be sure, the presence of souls may, and I emphasize may, be discerned by holy individual granted such a gift, because of the affinity of souls one to another. So when you see ghost societies, mediums, witches, sensitives and others who purportedly contact the “other side” you may safely assume one of three things: first, they are hucksters, second, they are self-deluded and egotistical persons with little else in their lives; or, third, they are of the devil, who guides them in order to seduce the gullible through demonic delusion. Whatever, the case they are to be avoided by faithful Christians.
It is interesting to note that the current trend of Spiritism, even among devout Catholics, is largely because the Church has in recent decades abandoned its traditional teachings and doctrines and embraced a false and pantheistic ecumenism which leads to such delusional supernatural and preternatural searching. As the Church has abandoned its emphasis on the Supernatural and spiritual, it leaves a void of spirituality, thus many are taken in by New Age religion, philosophies, and thinking.
In summary, the human soul, designed in the image and likeness of God, is immortal and to reduce it to mere electro-chemical components of the human brain is absurd. Obviously, the human brain is a material creation subject to limits both in capacity and time. When the body, including the brain, dies the electro-chemical reactions cease; therefore, the electrical generation of the brain also ceases. Thus, to measure the soul in terms of energy or matter is a false assumption.
In view of this the only system consistent with the Christian faith through Divine Revelation on the elements of the soul is the intrinsic nature, unity, substantiality, spirituality, and origin of the soul. While the soul of man is immortal, the soul of all other living things is mortal and dies with the body. Additionally, since the body and soul of man are integrally connected and ultimately made for each other, it follows that the belief in the resurrection of the dead will presently occur. Meantime, the separation of the body from the soul at natural death is merely transitory. At death the body is consigned to decay until reconstituted on the last day while the soul is consigned to heaven, hell, or Purgatory awaiting reunification with the reconstituted body and final judgment of the integral man, that is, both body and soul. As to the souls of animals that are often “seen” by these charlatans, they are either a devilish delusion or a complete hoax meant to separate a fool from his money.
So beware, do not strive to commune with the dead (Divination), it is sinful on many levels and dangerous to both body and soul should you encounter an evil preternatural entity. Better to seek the Supernatural union of the true Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the actual bloodless Divine Sacrifice of Calvary and ultimate sublime communion with God. Essentially, why seek the inferior thorough forbidden divination when you can seek the Superior which is available at a true Catholic Mass. Regard this well; you have been forewarned, to do otherwise is at your own peril.