The subject of
these pages is something most people find very interesting. But more
than merely "interesting," it involves things Catholics must come to understand. There is a
war going on for souls, and the preternatural world is where much of
the battle is taking place.
First, a definition: what does "preternatural" mean? It
refers not to the natural world that we can explain with
scientific methodologies and easily perceive with our senses. Nor
it refer to the supernatural world -- the realm of God. It's the world "in-between"
-- a world that is created -- and, therefore, natural, in that sense
-- but a world that is outside of the normal
order of nature that we can readily perceive, measure, and subject to
scientific methods. It's the world of spirit -- angels,
demons, and ghosts and such.
Sadly, the word "supernatural" has come to commonly be used in place of
"preternatural." I pray folks out there reading this differentiate
between "supernatural" and "preternatural." It's
an important distinction!
This little section will be broken down into the following pages, some
with links of their own to more information: