Friday, October 10, 2003

Haunting???

Amy alluded to an event that happened over a week ago while I was staying in Charleston, SC. I was on the third floor of an older residence when in the middle of the night around 3:00 A.M I felt someone sit on the bed I was lying on. It wasn't just the feeling of weight that startled me, but it was also the sense that you feel when someone is in the room... a feeling of "presence" that is very real. What is more it did not feel like a "good" presence. I prayed a simple prayer telling whatever it was that was there to be gone "in the name of Jesus!" then slowly turned to find nothing there.

The next day I recounted the story to the owner and they began asking a series of questions..."was the door locked?"...etc. After a number of questions they told me that almost everyone who has been a guest in that room has had similar experiences, some experiencing a banging noise, some finding the door unlocked, etc. Speculation is that the place is haunted by a former slave "Little Joe" who has been seen by some guests.

Nothing else happened on the nights I stayed there...actually after that first night a Bishop blessed the room with holy water...

Anyway the timing of the event caught my interest when I read the following from Michael Brown today:

From Spirit Daily - Daily spiritual news from around the world:

"We warned that it's the serious time of the year, and now, from Washington, New Jersey, comes word that a fire has broken out at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. It happened last week at this place operated by what is known as the Blue Army and dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima. From the candles, or an electrical malfunction? So far the blaze is of unknown origin. We're told it erupted around 3 a.m. last Friday, and this is always peculiar to us. We're constantly running into significant events occurring at this hour. The events are both good and bad. There are bad events like the fire and attacks by the devil at the same time that others report holy experiences during this stroke of the clock.

We've heard many explanations for why this happens. Obviously, three a.m. is the inverse of 3 p.m. -- the hour of mercy, the Jesus expired. Some believe it is thus an hour to plead Divine Mercy. Others believe that 3 a.m. bears potency because it's the hour that Christ resurrected. Still others point to the period of midnight to three a.m. as the time during which occultism takes place -- that at three a.m. evil spirits are released as rituals of witchcraft and satanism culminate.

Our own take is that that for some reason three a.m. is a moment at which the veil between here and the hereafter, between ours and other worlds, is thinnest, allowing for an interaction with forces that are both light and dark. "