In the Catholic faith, three out of ten saints were considered to have psychic which makes up for a total of 30% of all saints ever ordained. What is a psychic? Are psychics’ special people? What is the catholic’s outlook about it?
Former top parapsychologist Rhea White studied the lives of 2,532 Catholic saints and had found that 676 of them had some sort of psychic experiences which amounted to an incredible 27%. One of the more popular saints was St. Joseph of Copertino, who was described to be as one who was prone to miraculous levitation and intense ecstatic visions. Clairvoyants or ones who serve as mediums who channel spirits are most of the physics we would normally encounter in the present.
Physics that are able to see into the past, present or future are labeled as clairvoyants. With that being said, this is not associated to a clairsentient which means clear sensing or clairaudient which is one who gets information by hearing making psychic fall under a different category. Oftentimes, physics who describe themselves as clairvoyants claim that they have natural borne abilities. On the other hand, the information mediums receives comes from spirits whom they “channel” and this is what most of them are claiming. As you can see, there are varying degrees of physic each with their own respective categories. How do catholics view physic abilities?
Catholics find such ability to a gift that needs to be taken with utmost care and caution. The problem however lies then people decide to use the abilities that they have and put them to the wrong use. Deut 18:10-12 states: Let there not be found among you anyone who immolates his son or daughter in the fire, nor a fortune-teller or soothsayer, charmer, diviner or caster of spells, nor one who consults ghosts and spirits or seeks oracles from the dead. Anyone who does such things is an abomination to the Lord.” As such, God has shown disdain for such practice as shown by the scriptures.
The Bible is indeed extremely against the act of spiritism. This includes the practice of necromancy, sorcery using mediums and other activities associated in them. The reason behind this is that people are seeking answers from other supernatural beings and not from God. People often associate meditation with the practice of channeling. With that being said, meditation is clearly different as it is an act of praying to God or to the saints for their intercession. Meditation is not channeling and the difference is that people are we’re invoking and praying to them. On the other hand, the ones who are inviting the spirit to enter them and speak through them or use them are the mediums.
Psychic reading abilities are considered to be a gift rather than a curse. With that being said, it is important to practice humility and a life of love and service not taking advantage of the gift that one has been blessed with.