Dreaming, Catholic Style

Dreaming, Catholic Style

Does God guide you by your dreams? One can find a plethora of books on interpreting dreams. A quick search on Barnes and Noble website provided almost three thousand choices! They can range from serious psychological works to the truly bizarre, best left untouched. While it is not wise to go searching too much for meanings to your dreams by which to live your life, we do know that God has often used dreams to speak to people, or to reveal Himself to them. By taking
a conservative approach, one can pay attention to what God might reveal to us in our dreams. It is best to leave interpretation and any idea of prophecy of dreams to those specially disposed to receive such extraordinary promptings, under the scrutiny of Church authorities. Proper discernment is also necessary. A true mystic will be known by profound humility, only sharing their extraordinary experiences reluctantly, under obedience.
Dreaming, Catholic Style
Does God guide you by your dreams? One can find a plethora of books on interpreting dreams.    A quick search on Barnes and Noble website provided almost three thousand choices! They can  range from serious psychological works to the truly bizarre, best left untouched.  While it is not  wise to go searching too much for meanings to your dreams by which to live your life, we do  know that God has often used dreams to speak to people, or to reveal Himself to them. By taking  a conservative approach, one can pay attention to what God might reveal to us in our dreams. It  is best to leave interpretation and any idea of prophecy of dreams to those specially disposed to  receive such extraordinary promptings, under the scrutiny of Church authorities. Proper  discernment is also necessary. A true mystic will be known by profound humility, only sharing  their extraordinary experiences reluctantly, under obedience. 
A number of Biblical figures were given direction in their sleeping dreams. Daniel and his  interpretations of the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar, Joseph's interpretations of Pharaoh's dreams  and the direction received by Jesus' foster father, Joseph, in dreams are well known Biblical  stories. In more modern times, some approved mystics of the Church are well known to have  been given prophetic dreams. St. John Bosco, who is memorialized on January 31, tried to take  his grandmother's natural advice and pay no attention to a prophetic dream that he repeatedly  had as a young boy.  Pope Pius IX met John Bosco in audience and insisted that he faithfully  record his dreams and experiences, that they be an encouragement to his followers and to all. His  written testimony is rich in material for mediation on moral living and salvation.
Keep a healthy balance: do not discount the idea of God or His messengers giving you some  enlightenment by your dreams, but do not attach too great an importance to them, or too strict an  interpretation of their meanings. Be open and docile to the workings of the Holy Spirit, and  humble enough to keep private revelation intimate and confidential.

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