Spiritual Warfare Forum: Near Death Experiences
Near Death Experiences QUESTION from Andrew on August 14, 2002 Hi Brother
Firstly can I say how interesting and informative I have found this site to be. Thank you very much for your work.
I have a question as to what the Catholic Church teachings on near death experiences are ( if any ) ? Or what your thoughts on the subject are ?
Several years ago I had my appendix out in what was supposed to be a half hour proceedure. It turns out that my appendix actually burst and I was in theatre for over three hours in what was a pretty ugly operation. Apparently the doctors had to revive me at one stage. When I woke up, I could remember the most vivid 'dream' of my father, who had passed away, talking to another man. I had no idea who the other man was even though I could see him clearly ( today, I have no recollection of the mans face other than he had black short hair ). Ocassionally during their conversation they would look over towards me and smile, but all the while continue their conversation, which I couldn't hear a word of. Finally, my father said to me don't worry Andrew, it's not time - but we will see each other. The next thing I remember is being woken up.
I don't know who this other man was. The most obvious answer is my guardian angel, but for some reason, I don't think that it was.
Any thoughts ?
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on August 30, 2002 Dear Andrew:
I am not aware of any specific teaching from the Church on near death experiences. But there is more then enough clinical evidence to know that such things occur. And given the theology concerning the after-life it is reasonable to presume that at least some of these experiences may be genuine experiences of meeting Jesus, Mary, loved ones, etc.
You experience as you describe it is a typical experience. A loved one tells you that it is not your time yet.
As for the unknown man, who knows, no does it matter. The primary focus of your experience, I would suggest, was the love of your father and he telling you that it was not yet your time but that you and he would see each other again.
That should be of comfort to you.
When you get to heaven, ask your father who the other man was :)
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