[quote=Anonymous_1]Ok you might think this is a wierd thread title but here me out. I am comming back from DC today with some people from my youth group. They are talking about a retreat known as Steubenville, it is supposed to be extremley powerful. We got into a discussion about Charismatics and speaking in toungues.
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The people who had gone on this retreat were exposed to some charismatic form of Eucharistic Adoration. They were warned that this often provokes uncontrollable laughter and crying and can be very unusual for those not acustomed to it.
They described some things to me that are interesting and disturbing at the same time. I was wondering if anyone had answers.
They told me that people were cryuing uncontrollably and falling asleep. Several people said they did not like the experience they said it freaked them out and that it was scary and disturbing.
Something can be “scary and disturbing”, without being evil - God is both, very much so. This is because God is God, not man, not a creature. God is both, because He is “horribly good”, utterly unspeakable - indescribably different from us. And yet - He makes us His
Human beings are made in such a way, that we have a limited range of reactions to a very wide variety of stimuli. For instance, people laugh because they are amused - and also because they are scornful; and also, because they are glad. These responses are similar in how they show in our behaviour - but are distinct, though related in their psychology.
Sometimes people laugh for joy - sometimes they are in floods of tears: not because they are in any way sad, but because they are so full of joy, that they cannot respond to it adequately.
And this can happen sometimes in people’s encounter with Christ: He is Infinite Blessedness, Love, Joy, and Holiness; He is nothing but Good - so, when people come close to Him, it sometimes happens that He fills them so full of Himself, that they are overcome, and their bodies don’t have the means to respond, except by getting all emotional in floods of tears - or sleeping. He is Infinite - but we are finite, we cannot receive what He gives us, adequately: our range of responses is limited by our created, human, sinful, state. Ecstasy is one way our limited and weak humanity deals with this encounter; prophecy, tongues, levitation, the stigmata, bilocation, are others.
If the encounter is not to destroy people, there must be some way to siphon off the pressure of this encounter: sleep is one solution. ##
They said during the adoration, in addition to the uncontrollable crying and overwhelming sense of Gods presense, there were also audible “cracklings”, it was described as shrill laughter. This clearly was what disturbed people the most, in fact one girl was CONVINCED it was satanic laughter. It made her cringe, it makes me cringe thinking about it. Eveyrone heard it, however I was told that it it did not seem that any person was making the noise. It was described by everyone as scary and deeply disturbing.
The devil’s presence should never be seen in things merely because those things are unfamiliar
This was a Catholic service and i am confused, Has anyone heard of this or experienced it, can they lend any inscite or provide me with solid information to read up on? I onyl ask because I am interested in going, and want to know what I am getting myself into.