Shane Leslie's Ghost Book
Publisher: Tumblar House
The object of this book is to collect instances of ghosts, apparitions, and messages from the other twilight world which have come under Catholic cognizance or suggest Catholic interpretations.
This small collection is intended to illustrate occasions between the Catholic Church and the ghostly. They are not necessarily spiritual and even less spiritualistic. Religion colours most of these stories, but some merely have occurred to Catholics or in Catholic surroundings. Whatever prohibitions mark Catholic life, the faithful are not forbidden to see ghosts or to believe in them! Foreword by Charles A. Coulombe.
Publication Date: August 9, 2017
Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
"Shane Leslie's Ghost Book provides what so many of us for so long have been looking for: a book of true ghost stories and supernatural experiences in accord with Catholic orthodoxy." - T.F. Sloan, CatholicReads.com
"This is a fantastic book to read... just don't read it at night!" - Christine Niles, Church Militant
Shane Leslie was a famous diplomat from Ireland, who was a convert from Protestantism to Catholicism in the same year as his friend, G. K. Chesteron. He was also Winston Churchill's First Cousin, their mothers having been sisters. Sir Shane was a scion of a family of the Anglo-Irish ascendancy, settled at Castle Leslie in County Monaghan since time out of mind. He has authored several books and essays including "The Legend of St. Patrick's Purgatory" and "Shane Leslie's Ghost Book."
It's interesting to see how in some of the ghost stories the various positions that ghosts have in relation to the sacraments. Some seek the sacraments out, while others are repulsed by them. Other than those stories, you also have scary ghost stories that are a mistake to read late at night. And after that, the final story is a fitting climax to the book. It is an epic tale that you will undoubtedly remember for the rest of your life.
This was a wonderful collection of short stories that will stick with me and continue to remind me that there is more to this reality than I see in my rather plain everyday work life. Coffins floating into churches, deceased sons waving goodbye to family members and of course a few terrifying hauntings - beautifully (although sometimes frightening) memorable stories that give further evidence for our Catholic Faith. I do not want to experience such an encounter, but it makes life more meaningful knowing that such is reality. Either every single ghost encounter ever told across all humanity is a fake, lie, or gross misunderstanding, or yes, indeed ghosts do exist, as our Church teaches us is so.
"Ghost Book" at first contains a discussion on ghosts and the attitude of the Catholic Church towards the phenomenon and then quickly dives into the Catholic ghost stories themselves. A wonderful little book that isn't just for a dark and stormy night (even if that's when I read most of it).
In one particularly memorable ghost story, Shane Leslie recounts the unusual haunting of a parish rectory, which began subsequent to the death of the previous pastor. The new priest was seemingly directed by strange tappings and rappings to go investigate, ending in the discovery of list of names for whom it had been intended that Mass be said. These Masses having been left unfinished by the former pastor's untimely death, when they had all been said for each of the souls, the haunting abruptly stopped.
Shane Leslie brings a solidly Catholic perspective and sensibility to the consideration of a phenomenon that has been believed all but universally across cultures and millennia.
Another front has opened in the struggle between Revolution and Counter Revolution. Traditional Catholics are purchasing Shane Leslie's Ghost Book (a sorely-needed addition to the counter-revolutionary bookshelf) and are coming to realise the post-Vatican II tendency to reject the existence of ghosts is not only false, but also harmful. In short: Ghosts are real!
I believe Counter-Revolutionary Catholics are mistaken to simply reject Vatican II, the New Mass, and bad manners/customs. We are also obliged to reject everything that is contrary to the Catholic faith, including anything proposed by "scientists" of our time that we see to be contrary to the Holy Scriptures or the tradition of the Church.
So when even the Popes are approving heliocentrism, evolutionism, polygenesis, billions-of-years-old-universe, etc, we must resist them on this. And, when the Church appears to be universally dismissing ghosts and related occurrences, they must be resisted here also.