This being the Halloween season, or as Christians call it, “All Hallows Eve,” which is followed by All Saints Day, or in the pagan tradition, “Samhain,” it’s an appropriate time to address the issue of ghosts. This is the season when the “veil between the worlds” is thinnest, the easiest time for earthbound souls to cross over, and also for those on the other side to drop by for a visit.
The Bible says in Hebrews 12:21, “we are surrounded by an invisible cloud of witnesses,” referring to the saints who went before us. These include not only the famous saints like Jude, Theresa, Francis and Clare, but also our own departed loved ones. Most people cannot perceive these “invisible witnesses.” And because society and Hollywood portray ghosts as “spooky,” when a person does become aware of their presence, we have been conditioned to feel afraid.
But, fear not! Ghosts are simply people who have left their bodies, as we all will someday. They are no threat, and if you’re able to see or feel their presence, it’s a special gift.
Most often a visitation by a ghost is simply a relative or friend dropping by from the other side to say “hello,” to let you know you’re not alone, that they’re thinking of you and praying for you, watching over and encouraging you, along with all the saints.