(Continuation – see the November issue of the Review)
1. (To St. Vincent de Paul) – In our last session we evoked Deacon
Pâris, who kindly came to us. We would like to have your personal
opinion about him, as a spirit.
- He is a spirit full of good intentions, however, more elevated
morally than in other aspects.
2. Was he really oblivious, as said, to what happened by his tomb?
3. Could you tell us how do you see what happened to the convulsionaries.
Was it good or bad?
- It was bad before any good. It is easy to attest it by the general
impression produced by such events onto the enlightened
contemporaries and their successors.
4. Pâris’ answer to the following question did not seem satisfactory
to us. What is your opinion? Question: Had the authorities more
power than the spirits then?
- His answer was more or less true. The facts were produced by
inferior spirits and the authority stopped that by banning the
promoters of that kind of dissolution.
5. Among the convulsionaries there were some who were submitted
to terrible tortures. What was the result of that over the spirits,
after their deaths?
- Almost none. There was no merit in those acts without a useful
6. Those who were tortured seemed insensitive to pain. Were they
just resigned or really insensitive?
- Complete insensitivity.
7. What was the cause of such insensitivity?
- A magnetic effect.
8. Couldn’t moral superiority, when taken to a certain degree, annihilate
their physical sensitivity?
- That happened to some of them, predisposing them to suffer
the influence of a state that had been artificially provoked
in others, since charlatanism had an important role in those
9. Once those spirits operated cures, they did a service. Then, how
could they be of an inferior order?
- Don’t you see that every day? Don’t you sometimes receive excellent
advices and useful teachings from spirits who are not
much elevated, even frivolous? Can’t they try to do something
good in the end, seeking a moral improvement?
10. We thank you for the explanations that you have kindly given us.
- Always yours.