Skip to comments.Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 3 Powers of the Soul
Posted on 08/07/2010 1:19:36 PM PDT by Salvation
Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With
The 7 Sacraments (The Holy Mysteries)
The 7 Corporal Works of Mercy
The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy
The 3 Eminent Good Works
The 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost (& the Charismata)
The 12 Fruits of the Holy Ghost
The 3 Theological Virtues
The 4 Cardinal Virtues
The 7 Capital Sins & Their Contrary Virtues
The 6 Sins Against the Holy Ghost
The 4 Sins That Cry Out to Heaven
The 3 Conditions of Mortal Sin
The 9 Ways We Participate in Others' Sins
The 10 Commandments
The 2 Greatest Commandments
The 3 Evangelical Counsels
The 6 Precepts of the Church
The Holy Days of Obligation (English)
The 3 Powers of the Soul
The 4 Pillars of the Catholic Faith
The 3 Pillars of the Church's Authority
The 3 Munera (Duties of the Ordained)
The 3 Parts of the Church
The 4 Marks of the Church
The 12 Apostles
The 12 Tribes of Israel
The 8 Beatitudes
The 14 Stations of the Cross
The 7 Sorrows (Dolours) and 7 Joys of Our Lady
The 7 Sorrows and 7 Joys of St. Joseph
The 15 Mysteries of the Rosary
The Order of Creation
The 9 Choirs of Angels
The 3 levels of reverence
The 14 Holy Helpers
The 7 Last Words of Christ
The 4 Last Things (The Novissima)
The 3 Powers of the Soul
To me this makes sense if you consider the role of the Holy Spirit in guiding the soul.
The Holy Spirit is the keeper of the memory/history of all time (past and future), and pure intellect, which leads to complete Truth and Understanding.
So the powers of our soul are to possess the fruit of the Spirit to know God, to discern Truth and His will for us, and to have the properly formed free will to make the proper choices for salvation.
I see these powers of the soul as the spark of the Holy Spirit in us.
Glad you liked it; I crafted that at 2:30 a.m.; couldn’t sleep.
And to add, no argument from me; “imprisoned” was probably a bad choice of words. I was trying to convey the sense that in this realm of existence, while it’s true that bodiless souls may not have the same experiences as those embodied, it’s also the case that the embodied soul is rather “limited” or confined in this temporal realm, i.e., limited by time and space. And of course that’s doubtless how God intended it. I find that such embodiment makes communing with the Spirit an arduous and difficult task. To better explain, it’s kinda like trying to listen to the ball game on the radio with really bad reception....the signal fades in and out and is obscured by the static of the world around us. I’m truly of the belief that God is only too well aware of this; it’s all part of the challenge.
If the soul has memory apart from the organic body, how can we reconcile this with the effects of brain wasting diseases such as Alzheimer’s on memory?
Pure speculation here, but could the brain be some kind of interface between the soul and some external memory? Could memory be something the soul taps into apart from itself?
I can’t think of any biblical examples to support any of this.
I meant to 23 as a reply to the root posting.