By Skye Said
What is Religious Experience?
Experience consists both of those personal experiences that contribute to a growth in understanding, acceptance and commitment to the tradition; and those that lead to a modification or even rejection of some or all of the beliefs of the tradition.
Catholics believe that there is contact with the beyond through the Sacraments through the direct action of the Holy Spirit and through appearances.
Religious experience manifests itself in the great festivals of the religion. Jews believe when celebrating the festivals that there is no difference spatially or time-wise between their ancestor's practice of the rituals and their own. Hence their experience of God is linked to their ancestor's experience of God.