A Simplified Spiritual Structure of Catholic Mythology
Old myths are echoed in church halls.
My understanding of Catholic mythology is based on the stories I was raised with. It’s interesting to note that this spiritual system follows a template of belief that is shared across cultures. Here it is:
- God is the highest good, the first thing that ever moved. All things exist within God, and because of them. The mystery of the trinity is our way of describing a being who transcends dimensions and is simultaneously all dimensions. It’s like a two-dimensional object seeing a sphere for the first time.
- The Virgin Mother Mary is the divine feminine. She’s the approachable extension of the heavenly father. She represents all that is nurturing and loyal. She evokes the comfort and security of a good childhood.
- Patron saints are intercessory demigods. There are different saints for every intention. What I like about Catholic saints is that anyone can be a saint if they live a passionate and generous life.
- Angels are spirit guides, who help humans reach their full potential. However, they can’t directly affect change because they are purely spirit. Angels enact the will of God; demons follow the will of man.
- Demons can grant wishes, retrieve occult wisdom, and cause havoc. But they can’t act without the permission of God or the willingness of man. Some believe that demons feed on human souls, and possess them because they don’t have their own bodies. If it isn’t a saint, angel, or the holy spirit, it is a demon.
We often talk about ascended masters and spirit guides — Catholic mythology, as an institutionalized system of magic, affirms this.