- "Demons: The Other Angels"
(February 20, 2011)
- "Angels: Wings, Violins, and Swords"
(February 20, 2011)
Here's what a dictionary says "spirit" means:
- The vital principle or animating force within living things
- The general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
- A fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character
- Any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
- The state of a person's emotions
- The intended meaning of a communication
- Animation and energy in action or expression
- An inclination or tendency of a certain kind
- Infuse with spirit
August 5, 2010, November 24, 2009, March 17, 2009, for starters)
Briefly, in my view there's nothing intrinsically wrong with emotions: they come standard-equipment with our human nature. Emotions can be useful warnings that we ought to pay attention to something.
But I prefer to think with my central nervous system, and feel with the endocrine system - not the other way around.
Which is another topic. Topics.
"HOLY SPIRIT: The third divine Person of the Blessed Trinity, the personal love of Father and Son for each other. Also called the Paraclete (Advocate) and Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit is at work with the Father and the Son from the beginning to the completion of the divine plan for our salvation (685; cf. 152, 243)."Which brings up another point. In a way, I can't die. Not permanently. Which is a sort of good news/bad news thing. (Catechism 988-1014) The Resurrection isn't the same thing as reincarnation, by the way. At all. I've got one shot at this earthly life, and that's it. (Catechism, 1013)
"SOUL: The spiritual principle of human beings. The soul is the subject of human consciousness and freedom; soul and body together form one unique human nature. Each human soul is individual and immortal, immediately created by God. The soul does not die with the body, from which it is separated by death, and with which it will be reunited in the final resurrection (363, 366; cf. 1703)."
(Glossary, Catechism of the Catholic Church)
And those are more topics.
By the way, as I've said before: my opinions carry the full weight of "some guy with a blog." Which is why I've got so many links to more authoritative sources.
As a child, I had a very hard time wrapping my mind around the idea that angels, and two persons in the Holy Trinity, had no physical bodies. At all. I still have a hard time imagining that: it's 'way too easy to start thinking of them as a sort of gas. Or energy - which we're now pretty sure is the flip side of matter. Sort of. That E=mc2 thing. And I've gotten into yet more topics.
Back to "spirit" and "spiritual," Catholic style.
"There is an organic connection between our spiritual life and the dogmas. Dogmas are lights along the path of faith; they illuminate it and make it secure. Conversely, if our life is upright, our intellect and heart will be open to welcome the light shed by the dogmas of faith.50"Preferring almost two millennia of accumulated wisdom and learning to what each of us cobbles together hasn't been fashionable in America's 'better' circles.
I became a Catholic anyway: and that's yet again another topic.
- "Fasting, Penance, and the 'Fun' Miracle: Many Faces of Spirituality"
(December 14, 2010)
- "Studying the Bible: Carefully"
(November 16, 2010)
- "Asceticism: Seeing Past Some Skinny Guy Screaming on a Pillar"
(August 21, 2010)
- "Really 'Spiritual' Experiences: Those are Okay"
(April 22, 2010)
- "'If you must see ghosts ...' Materialism, Being Spiritual, and Uncle Deadly"
(December 18, 2009)