I'm Spiritual, Dammit

Mediums in the Bible? You bet!

I've gotten a lot of flack from religious folks about the content of my book, Stay Tuned.  What seems to set them off is the fact that I interview several mediums and psychics who claim to be able to talk to dead people in an attempt to talk to my dead dad, the late Tim Weigel. They think that the Bible cautions against this, saying it's "the devil's work."  But I met a Catholic priest who told me otherwise...

.Priest Holding Cross
I recently performed a one-woman show based on my book where I tell many of the stories of these medium encounters.  After one of the performances, a gentleman walked up to me and introduced himself.

"I'm Jerry, and I'm a Catholic priest..."

Oh Jesus!  Am I going to hell?!

My heart sank.  Not only was the title of my show "I'm Spiritual, Dammit!"- but in addition to my interviews with mediums and my research into parallel Universes, I have an entire monologue about how I am trying to find the "perfect" religion- but everything I found had some sort of restriction that turned me off.  The Christian based faiths on which I had been raised were too judgmental, and I express concern about the Bible's accuracy since it wasn't written down (or rather, chiseled onto templates) until at least a hundred years after Jesus died.  I know how my family screws up a story after 20 minutes...It's like a bad game of telephone.  Imagine what might have happened to the Gospels after various language translations, and templates getting broken or lost?!

"I thought this show was going to be like like Late Night Catechism," Jerry continued with a frown.  "It was NOTHING like that."

My stomach flipped.  I was already feeling guilty for not having been to church in years, and now, I've pissed off a priest?  

I am so screwed. 

"But I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.  This was SO much more," he said, finally cracking a smile.  "I believe just about everything you said tonight is true.  You seem like the kind of gal I would invite to a party or have over for a cup of coffee."


I took Jerry's card so we could stay in touch.  A couple of days later, I received an email on my website from my new friend.  After thanking me for the show and the conversation, he shared with me some quick Bible facts:

I did some fast research. 1 Sam 28 acknowledges the existence of mediums in Israel and while Saul had forbidden the practice- he himself went to a medium to call up the spirit of Samuel, and Samuel is annoyed that he has been called back, but he did come and speak to Saul through the medium.  That is just one example.  But I also think the Resurrection of Jesus also confirms this further stage of existence.  When Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene, he tells her not to touch him because he has not yet ascended to the Father.  There is plenty in the Scriptures to assure you and anyone willing to listen that you are not a kook for exploring this and that you are in touch with something very real.

So there you have it.  The Scriptures even back this up.  I can swear, I can express my doubts, and I'm still "Priest Certified" by my new friend Jerry.  

Maybe one of these days, I'll go check out his church?  

Nah- let's just start with that cup of coffee first.     



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