Wandering Spirits

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Between us and you a great chasm has been fixed,
in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able,
and none may cross from there to us.
~ Luke 16:26

And yet, there are countless accounts of people, including the saints, who have seen wandering spirits. Just to be clear, the Church does not have a definitive teaching on wandering spirits. But we know for certain that wandering spirits are different from the demons. So who are they?

Perhaps they are souls who have left this world, but have not yet made their choice to accept or reject God. Perhaps they are souls filled with regret, and weren’t ready to die.

Whatever the reason is, it isn’t important. What we do know however, is that God sometimes permits such souls to linger on earth, and God permits some of the living to perceive them.

The one and only reason God permits this is for STRENGTHENING OF FAITH. The Church is filled with stories of how these people offered up Mass, said the Rosary or prayed for these wandering spirits when they see them.

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell.
Take all souls to heaven, especially those in most in need of Thy mercy.


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Noel Ethan Tan

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel is a Singaporean working as a rehabilitation counsellor at ACC(S) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. He is currently doing a part-time Masters Program in Counselling and Guidance at NTU, Singapore. In his church ministry, Noel is currently serving in a young adults' Catholic community called Anawim that does Bible Exegesis. Noel is also pursuing a Certificate in Theology at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15 — “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

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