Bridging the Gap: Communicating with Spirits as Revered as Saints

March 18, 2024

If You Can Talk to the Saints, then….

I’ve concluded that IF we can talk to the Saints (as the Catholic Church/Lutheran Church teaches) and ask for intercession/prayer, we can also talk to “spirits”.

In the exploration of spiritual realms and the interconnectedness of the divine, personal experiences often serve as poignant testaments to the richness of our spiritual tapestry. For many, the conventional understanding of communication with saints within religious frameworks may offer solace and guidance. However, for individuals like myself, the journey transcends traditional boundaries, weaving a narrative of profound connection that extends beyond institutionalized religion.

My personal journey into the realms of spiritual connection began with the passing of my mother, an extraordinary woman whose life resonated with the essence of divine grace. Throughout her life, she embodied the virtues of compassion, wisdom, and unwavering faith, touching the lives of all who crossed her path. Her transition from the confines of earthly existence into the boundless expanse of the spiritual realm marked a transformative moment in my spiritual journey where I realized how powerful she became after death, and that the “Church” clearly missed a saint to join the ranks….

In the aftermath of her physical departure, I found myself drawn to the belief that her essence, her spirit, transcended the limitations of mortal existence, as we believe with all saints (ie Christians who pass away and go to Heaven, communing with God). It was a conviction rooted not in dogma, but in the profound sense of her enduring presence, her essence now liberated from the constraints of the human vessel. In my heart, I felt her presence as more vibrant, more radiant, and yes, more powerful than ever before.

As I navigated the landscape of grief and longing, I found solace in the belief that my mother, now in the embrace of heaven among the saints, possessed a spiritual potency equal to, if not surpassing, that of recognized saints. In my eyes, her transition into the realm of spirit did not diminish her influence but magnified it, amplifying her capacity for intercession and guidance.

It was through this deeply personal connection that I came to challenge the traditional boundaries of spiritual communication. If saints, revered for their virtuous lives and divine connection, could serve as intermediaries between the earthly and the divine, then why not individuals like my mother, whose lives were testaments to the transformative power of love and faith?

In embracing this broader perspective, I found liberation from the constraints of the institutionalized religion of the Catholic Church and a profound sense of unity with the divine. My relationship with my mother, now a guiding light in the realm of spirit, exemplified the universality of spiritual connection and the boundless potential for intercession beyond the confines of religious hierarchy.

In the tapestry of spiritual beliefs, the notion of communicating with the divine or seeking intercession from revered figures holds profound significance. Within Christianity, particularly in Catholic and Lutheran traditions, the practice of praying to saints for their intercession is deeply ingrained. However, an intriguing question arises when we consider whether the same reverence and communication can extend to other spiritual entities commonly referred to as “spirits.” Let’s explore this perspective, challenging the traditional boundaries and considering the inclusivity of spiritual dialogue beyond institutional frameworks.

The teachings of the Catholic and Lutheran faiths regarding communication with saints are anchored in the belief in their special connection with God. Saints are venerated as holy individuals who have led exemplary lives and are believed to be in the presence of the Divine. Devotees seek their intercession, viewing saints as mediators capable of presenting their prayers to God. This practice, endorsed by religious institutions, has been upheld for centuries.

However, one cannot overlook the fact that the process of canonization, overseen by the Church, inherently limits the recognition of individuals deemed as saints.

It’s essential to acknowledge that the Church cannot possibly scrutinize every human being who has walked the Earth. Consequently, there’s a substantial number of remarkable individuals whose lives and deeds may rival those of recognized saints but remain unrecognized by institutionalized religion.

This recognition of the inherent limitations of institutionalized religion opens the door to the idea that there are numerous exceptional individuals deserving of reverence and potentially capable of interceding on behalf of others, akin to saints. If we accept the premise that saints are individuals who have lived lives of exceptional virtue and are now in communion with the Divine, then it stands to reason that other extraordinary souls, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof, may also possess similar qualities.

Moreover, the notion of communicating with spirits challenges the notion of exclusivity within religious hierarchies. While saints occupy a revered status within established religious institutions, the concept of spirits encompasses a broader spectrum of beliefs and experiences. Spirits may include ancestors, historical figures, or even personal guides, with whom individuals feel a profound connection and from whom they seek guidance and support. Thus, how close to “paganism” is the church coming to?

The act of communicating with spirits, much like praying to saints, is often driven by a desire for spiritual connection, guidance, and intercession. Just as Catholics or Lutherans turn to saints for their intercession, individuals engaging with spirits may seek wisdom, protection, or solace in times of need. This spiritual dialogue transcends traditional religious boundaries and underscores the universal human longing for connection with the divine or the transcendent.

In light of these considerations, it becomes apparent that the distinction between saints and spirits is not as clear-cut as conventional religious teachings may suggest. By acknowledging the inherent limitations of institutionalized religion and embracing a broader perspective on spiritual intercession, we open ourselves to the possibility of recognizing and venerating a diverse array of exceptional individuals whose impact transcends religious affiliations. In doing so, we honor the rich tapestry of human experience and the interconnectedness of all spiritual beings, whether recognized by organized religion or not. I realize how much the “gift of discernment” would come in handy for things like this….

In conclusion, my personal journey into the realms of spiritual connection has led me to embrace a perspective that transcends conventional boundaries. Through my relationship with my late mother, I have come to recognize the inherent power and wisdom of spirits beyond saints, whose influence transcends earthly limitations. In honoring the richness of personal experience and the interconnectedness of all spiritual beings, we embark on a journey of profound discovery and communion with the divine. I have come to realize that talking to my mom is still a possible option on the table….

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