A Catholic’s Guide To Living In A Haunted House

Alejandro Rojas, UFO and paranormal researcher and journalist, recounts Gary Jansen’s tale of living with ghosts for Huffington Post:

When confronted with the paranormal, many people go through an internal process of questioning and reexamining of their perspectives on the world and themselves: questions such as whether or not they are going crazy, what prosaic answers there could be for the unusual experience or experiences, how people will view them if they dare to share their story, and other more existential quandaries. In his book, Holy Ghosts, author Gary Jansen takes the reader though this process as he tells the story of how he came to believe his house was haunted and how he dealt with it.

Jansen is an editor and author specializing in books on religion and spirituality. Growing up in Long Island, his mother would occasionally talk about the ghost she believed haunted his childhood home. Jansen didn’t think much of it until many years later when he and his wife purchased that very home.

After moving into the house, Jansen and his family began experiencing many strange occurrences which led him to suspect that perhaps his mother was right. Among other things, he felt strange electrical sensations in certain parts of the home, he saw shadows moving around the house, he and his wife heard weird sounds, and reminiscent of the movie Poltergeist, his son’s toys would turn on and off on their own.

Jansen struggled with the preposterous idea that ghosts may actually exist, but as the supernatural experiences piled up, he also could not accept any conclusion to the contrary…

[continues at Huffington Post]


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16 Comments on "A Catholic’s Guide To Living In A Haunted House"

  1. They should change the title: An idiot’s guide to living in a house you THINK is Haunted because you’re fucking stupid and superstitious. 

    • Jin The Ninja | Apr 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm |

      healthy skepticism is a good thing, but it has to be had with an open mind. an open mind is not automatically dismissive of other people’s experiences- because they are part of the other’s reality- you don’t have to interpret reality in the same way. i believe in the ‘supernatural,’ but i am hugely skeptical, very rarely accepting a story with supernatural origins. i don’t personally think i am stupid, or illiterate or ill-learned.

      • Ceausescu | Apr 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm |

         Cool story bro !

        • Jin The Ninja | Apr 27, 2012 at 12:31 am |

          i know, right!?

          • Ceausescu | Apr 27, 2012 at 1:22 am |

            Dammit, I thought I’d troll you !


          • Jin The Ninja | Apr 27, 2012 at 1:38 am |


          • Ceausescu | Apr 27, 2012 at 2:54 am |

             By the way,

            Did you watch the first part of the video at least ? It’s hilarious ! The guy’s a lunatic !

            And the interviewer is a troll =)

            Watching this video made me feel so… ordinary. lol

          • Jin The Ninja | Apr 27, 2012 at 10:46 am |

            oh i agree the video is kinda bullshit, but then again the dude is catholic and into ghosts- so dichotomy of polarised proportions….

      • I don’t think you are necessarily stupid or illiterate or ill-learned (ok your grammar needs a little work but that’s not a big deal) but you’re not looking at the big picture: Supernatural claims have COMPLETELY failed to hold up. Utterly.

        Think about it- if Supernatural elements were real, wouldn’t it have some application in modern society or at least leave SOME kind of trail so we could study it? And don’t say “But it’s mysterious and that’s what makes it supernatural!” because that’s a convenient copout answer. When was the last time you saw a NO PSYCHICS ALLOWED sign in a bank or a casino? When was the last time you heard of the military successfully using black magic to take down a target? When was the last time you got verifiable, undeniable proof of any supernatural claim?

        • Jin The Ninja | Apr 28, 2012 at 11:07 am |

          i am just curious, for future reference, what you find (or found) so gramatically deficient in my above- that you felt the need to comment on it?

          • You have some capitalization, punctuation, and syntax issues. Really, it’s not that bad. I’ve seen far worse and it’s not a big deal in this venue. 

          • Jin The Ninja | Apr 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm |

            i don’t capitalise (except for occasional proper nouns), i am creative, but not misplaced with my punctuation. and what syntax error? that would be a pretty serious error, and if there is an example above…

  2. Ceausescu | Apr 27, 2012 at 2:29 am |

    OMG, the kitchen was ORANGE.

    Damn supernatural hippies !

  3. rumbles02 | Apr 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm |

    If you’re a non-believer, why do you read stories like this?  Have you nothing better to do with your time?

  4. What is wrong with all of you?  Why do you feel a need to attack and criticize what I perceive as a very normal, sincere person?  He also does not strike me as being stupid or superstitious, Ms. Pentecost (your name, by the way, tells me a lot about you as a person). If you can’t post constructive comments, then don’t post at all — especially posts with foul expletives.  Those comments contribute absolutely nothing to an intelligent, civil discourse.

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