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an experience Jol960 Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Hello Bro.Ignatius, another query from me.

A long time ago during Sunday Mass, I remember having a very intense feeling of being caught up in love with the Lord, I felt like I was being elevated off my feet, of course I wasnt, but I felt like it, it was so intense, for a moment I felt like nothing mattered, total peace. It has never happened again, I dont know what I did to experience this 'joyous' moment It really was spontaneous. Since I was at Mass, I am truly believing this was a God given experience,yes? Is there a specific name for this kind of experience/event?

thanks and God Bless,Jo.

PS: My husband of 12yrs. had recently passed away, and I was having a real bad time.

Question Answered by Bro. Ignatius Mary, OLSM

Dear Jol:

I am sorry for the loss of your husband. We will pray for his repose.

What you describe sounds like an ecstasy perhaps.

And ecstasy is defined as:

In general, the state of being beside oneself through some overpowering experience. As a mystical phenomenon, it includes two elements, one interior and the other exterior. The invisible element consists in the mind being riveted on a religious subject. The corporeal aspect means that the activity of the senses is suspended, so that not only are external sensations unable to influence the soul, but these sensations become very difficult to awaken. Many saints have received ecstasies as a supernatural gift from God, although ecstasy of itself is not a criterion of holiness.

I imagine God gave your this experience because you needed it at that particular time.

I had an experience that was not an ecstasy, but it was mystical and something I needed at the time. The story of that I call My Angel's Lap.

God loves you and gives you what you need when you need it. He is such a wonderful God.

God Bless,
Bro. Ignatius Mary


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