Book by  Bootstrap Publishing:

The Communion of Saints
Talking to God and Grandma

By Mary Grace


 About the Book:

As long as there are people dying, there will be people left behind who long to maintain that connection with a loved one who has passed.  For grieving Roman Catholics, however, it is more difficult because the church prohibits the faithful from practicing spirit communication, also known as “spiritualism.” 

At the same time, the church encourages its members to pray and talk to the saints for guidance, favors, and for intercessions.  This contradiction in church teachings results in a huge dilemma for the average Catholic, resulting in fear and confusion: If we can talk to God and the saints in heaven, why can't we talk to Grandma in heaven?

Following an after-death visitation from her mother and her own near-death experience, Mary Grace was spiritually transformed.  Her reality radically shifted and gave her the ability to communicate with the spirit world.  As a result, her religion no longer made sense to her.  Join the author on her spiritual journey and follow the struggles she faced integrating her supernatural experiences and Catholic faith. 

With the complete understanding of the communion of saints, the fear and stigma attached to psychic phenomena and the supernatural will be dispelled.  Contacting our dearly departed and participating in the spiritual realms will no longer be taboo.  First-century thinking about the paranormal will be forever changed in light of twenty-first century knowledge. 

By incorporating the science of parapsychology with Christian Theology, Mysticism, and modern-day Spiritualism, we will come to truly comprehend what we mean when we profess, “I believe in the communion of saints.”  We will then realize what it means to be a truly universal and all-inclusive church; as a result, a new age of Catholicism will dawn.

What is the Communion of Saints?

The “communion of saints” is basically the cosmology of the church.  This Catholic doctrine acknowledges the eternal relationships that exist between members of the church, who live in three different states or dimensions: heaven, earth, and purgatory.

  It is through this teaching that the church recognizes and encourages relationships between those in the physical and non-physical worlds, or between the living and the “dead.”  For example, the on-going interaction that many on earth share with St. Anthony (finder of lost articles) or Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus.

 

 

Endorsements:

“I am grateful for the years of extensive research Mary Grace put in to prepare this enlightening and encouraging book.  I am glad she trusted God’s guiding Spirit within her, despite external reprimands from the larger church.  And what a bonus it is for me that she is part of our own faith community.”

        Father James B. Callan, Associate Pastor, Spiritus Christi Church, 
            Rochester, NY.  Author of The Studentbaker Corporation
        
    (see “Forward” below)

 

“From near-death experience to that silent moment in nature, God speaks to us in mysterious ways.  In this important book, Mary Grace engages the Catholic Faith in a long overdue dialogue about the many experiences of a living God that exists outside church doctrine.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to investigate the omni-presence of God and the many manifestations of Spirit as the Word.”

        Rene Jorgensen, Founder of NDE Light and author of The Light 
        Behind God; What Religion Can Learn From Near Death Experiences 

           

Talking to God and Grandma is a very powerful book.  The author presents a compelling case for the Catholic Church and other institutions to accept the reality of after-death communication (ADC) experiences and their healing ability as a normal and natural part of human life.”

        Bill Guggenheim, Coauthor of the international bestseller, Hello From Heaven!
 

"I wanted to research the doctrine of "The Communion of Saints" in the Catholic Church and give Catholics "permission" to connect with their dead loved ones.  Then I discovered and read Mary Grace's book...a veritable treasure!

Communion of Saints is a modern spiritual classic.  Mary Grace presents a "user friendly" approach to what needs to be an integral part of any modern person's spirituality or religious practice.  Although we don't need  "permission" to connect with our deceased loved ones...an experience that is open to everyone...it will help Catholics to know that they are not "playing with evil" when they open their hearts to such un-conditional love."

        Father Jack McGinnis, Roman Catholic Priest, Retired.  Palm Desert, California

 

“Mary Grace had a firsthand afterlife communication causing her to question her church and her place in society.  After having a second spiritually transformative experience, her reality changed and so did the course of her life. In this book she tells of the disenfranchised people that are seeking a way to have a relationship with God and their deceased loved ones.  Through her extensive research she displays in simple to understand terms the history, science and religious history of afterlife communication; thus, giving us a roadmap toward a more progressive church model.”

        David Bennett, Upstate New York IANDS Director and author of Voyage of 
        Purpose:Spiritual Wisdom from Near-Death Back to Life.
  
 

           

“Many works of intuition are not based on scholarship.  Academic books often lack the spirit of mysticism.  Mary Grace has given us a lively tweener.  While supplemented by the guidance of inspiration, her study of the supernatural and paranormal in Catholic tradition capably blends insights from important sources and gives something useful to readers of any perspective.”

        Mason Winfield, author of ten books on the paranormal, including A Ghosthunters 
        Journal: Tales of the Supernatural and the Strange in Upstate New York.

“Although I found the information to be fascinating, especially her response as to how she got involved with the spirit world in childhood, I was most impressed with Mary Grace’s in-depth revealing of her journey and her soul.  I appreciate the clarity, simplicity and honesty with which she shares her experiences in talking with God.”

        Dennis Cole, Transpersonal Astrologer and author of Metaphysics of Love:
         The Journey to Meet Self   


The Communion of Saints
is an inspirational book that delves into a topic that has interested me for years because of personal experiences.  Mary Grace writes about communicating with our loved ones who have passed on to another life.  Years of research have brought a new perspective to this controversial subject.  If you have ever had a "spiritual experience" then this is worth reading.  This book has validated many of my ideas and comforted my soul.
        Kathy Farrak, Reiki Healer, Avon, NY


The Communion of Saints, Talking to God and Grandma was a validating reading experience for me because it authenticated events I've experienced but had not fully acknowledged through-out my life.  This held true for me especially when my beautiful 16 year-old grandson, Matthew died.

Reading this book encouraged me to trust in myself, trust the process of how communications happen for me, and that feelings, sensations, and fuzzy visions I experienced were real events.  I am confident now that these happenings were not and are not wishful or magical thinking.  Yes--it is a different relationship than when they were earthbound, but it is comforting to realize that when we lose a loved one to death, there is no need to sever ties with them because we remain connected by invisible cords.  Love never dies.

       Shirley Barcase, Member of Maryland Chapter of IANDS



 
The Communion of Saints
Talking to God and Grandma

Forward

Every time I prepare my Sunday homily, I light a candle. Not just any candle. The one I light is a gift from a very spiritual woman in our parish, Kateri Flannery. Kateri always prayed for my homilies over the years. I felt confident knowing her prayers were connecting me to the Holy Spirit for inspiration. She also gave me numerous long-burning candles for Christmas and Father’s Day. Her unexpected death from renal cancer at age 47 left me and many others deprived of her love and guidance. However, since I still have many of her candles in my cabinet, I bring one out and light it every time I prepare for preaching. I leave the candle burning from start to finish, usually most of Saturday. In addition, I call upon my deceased mother and father to guide my preparation. With the candle burning and all three interceding, I know God will give me the right words for the people to hear.

Mary Grace’s book is about the Communion of Saints, the spiritual solidarity that binds together those on earth with those in heaven. We are all in union with one another. But Mary pushes beyond our ability to talk with those in heaven or to call on them for help, like my example above. She says the church needs to teach people how to SEE and HEAR them, as well as call upon them. When people move to another part of the country, we discover ways to communicate with them through email, phone, Facebook, etc. We can also have conversations with God—and grandma—and Kateri—and mom and dad. If we quiet ourselves and listen, we can do it. The key is our sixth sense, extrasensory perception. It’s a power that lies dormant in everyone, but it can be developed.

While Mary Grace desires to show people how to communicate with loved ones who have passed, she finds obstacles to this in her Roman Catholic Church. When she tried to discuss a visitation and conversation she had with her mother shortly after her death, the priest she approached wouldn’t hear it. He didn’t want to have anything to do with after-death communication or near-death experience; he legally expelled her from her small-town church.  Under orders from this priest, Mary Grace was threatened by police with being arrested for trespassing if she attended Sunday Mass; she was effectively excommunicated.

Despite the hurt of this rejection, Mary Grace did not brood over it and remain stuck in the past. Following Jesus’ instruction, she shook the dust off and continued to follow the truth inside her. She knew the Holy Spirit spoke to people like her as well as to the hierarchy. She wanted others to understand her valuable insights.

The book points out the church’s inconsistency. On the one hand, church tradition reveres its mystics—people who have psychic abilities, who are centered on God, and who have two-way conversations through meditation. At the same time, the church condemns mediums—people who are go-betweens between humans and non-physical beings like angels, saints, and grandma. This practice is called “spiritualism.”  It includes prophesy, gifts of tongues, healing, and visions. People in heaven are accessible by both mystics and mediums. However, church leaders have labeled mystics good and mediums bad. Invoking the saints is good, they say, but conjuring up the dead is bad.  “What’s the difference?” she asks. Mary Grace herself practices spiritualism, and is therefore not in good standing with the hierarchy.

In the spirit of John the Baptist, Mary Grace boldly goes ahead of the institutional church and prepares the way for people to embrace a broader understanding of the Communion of Saints. She hopes that the reader will see that psychic abilities are good and trustworthy, not some evil force of the devil. They are gifts from God to be used. She explains how everyone vibrates at a certain frequency. Mystics and mediums vibrate at higher levels than the majority. However, we can all raise our levels through certain practices, as outlined by the author. In this way, we can have two-way conversations with our departed loved ones.

I am grateful for the years of extensive research Mary Grace put in to prepare this enlightening and encouraging book. I am glad she trusted God’s guiding Spirit within her, despite external reprimands from the larger church. And what a bonus it is for me that she is part of our own faith community.

Father James B. Callan
Associate Pastor, Spiritus Christi Church
Rochester, NY  www.spirituschristi.org

 








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