Talk about scary and alien!
The picture here is entitled, THE COSMIC CHRIST. I think it takes the “cosmic” notion a bit too literally, but it would sure make a great Halloween mask!
It does not look likely now that there will be any effort to re-present FATHER JOE’S SCARY STORIES this year. The numbers of kids have dwindled in the parish and there has been no more word about such an effort for local homeschoolers.
Visitors to this Blog are welcome to read written versions of some of the stories posted here at:
Note the side-bar links to the story pages. If you really want a scare, it is best to read them in a darkened room, and maybe alone…muhahahaha!
Just as I used to tell the kids (high school aged and up), the scariest stories are TRUE. Christians might have mixed feelings about Halloween and stories about things that go bump in the night. However, it is my conviction that if we cannot entirely re-present the holiday into a “dress-up” celebration of the saints then we could certainly redirect the emphasis away from the occult and superstition to those supernatural elements that are compatible with our faith. Spanish friends who celebrate the Festival of the Dead have done something of this. Further, we should not allow the two commemorations in the liturgical calendar to be eclipsed, ALL SAINTS DAY on November 1 and ALL SOULS on November 2.
Catholics pray for the dead and various authorities contend that true ghosts are poor souls who are beseeching our prayers during their period of purgation. We believe in invisible realities. So-called ghosts can also be dark spirits, pretending to be that which they are not. I recall a case of a little girl’s invisible playmate who turned out not to be her imagination or the soul of a child at all, but a demonic spirit. Ooooooh, feel the shivers? Stories that are purportedly REAL are the scariest of all.
And yet, for Christian believers such things can be an occasion for renewed faith. Ours is a jealous God and he will not share us with false gods of either our own making or of demonic origin. We belong to him and should always focus our worship and obedience upon him. When souls are saved or the powers of darkness are vanquished, the truth of the Gospel is vindicated. Evil is real, both seen and unseen, but God has sent his angels to watch over us and we have the power of the Cross to do spiritual combat.