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Anselmina
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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
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Originally posted by Golden Key:
... years of prayer in a place of worship ...

Yes.

I have no particular experiences to relate, but I like to think that churches and cathedrals (the older the better!) are inhabited by the (friendly) ghosts of all the saints and sinners who have worshipped there over the years, and who I hope are now looking benignly down on our liturgical efforts.

A nice thought. But more likely there would also be the usual moaners and complainers up there whinging about the removal of the rood screen, or the replacement of pews with chairs; or criticising today's modern parents letting their kids away with too much; or turning their noses up at the nursing mother in the creche corner.

Today's mob often don't look 'benignly' on liturgical efforts - don't see why that should change once they've moved on to the astral plane! [Big Grin]

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Kaplan Corday
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If the departed can see through our church walls and roofing, then they must have acquired x-ray vision, in which case they can also see through our clothing, which raises a number of questions, eg whether a state of beatificity is compatible with feelings of lust or disgust.
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MaryLouise
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Fascinated to see how a thread can morph from us seeing ghosts to ghosts seeing us au naturel.

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Golden Key
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quote:
Originally posted by Kaplan Corday:
If the departed can see through our church walls and roofing, then they must have acquired x-ray vision, in which case they can also see through our clothing, which raises a number of questions, eg whether a state of beatificity is compatible with feelings of lust or disgust.

Well, if they can see us in the altogether, they can probably see anything else we do. And, by that time (however time might work in an afterlife), they would probably have their heads on straight(er) about their own lives and humanity, so they might well not be fussed about any of it.

And they might well be focused on doing good things, like helping the living, or healing themselves and what they've done, or learning interpretive dance from Shipmate Ken (RIP) and the angels.
[Biased]

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Golden Key
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(Missed the edit window.)

One of my favorite depictions of heaven is from "The Simpsons". The whole family is in heaven. Marge is in what seems to be an Episcopalian heaven, more like a low-key cocktail party than anything else. (Actually, it was probably a version of their Presbymethogationist (?) church.) Marge gets bored and misses her family. So she goes over to RC heaven to join them. *All* in that heaven are doing "Riverdance" together, and she joins in with her family.
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(Pertinent because I mentioned Ken.)

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