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ANONYMOUS - 2/24/2011 3:15 PM
I'm going to try to type this again (my Mac "mysteriously" turned off right before I was about to click "Send"...not surprised considering the topic), so hopefully I'll get all the way though this time...
JAN SLOAN - 2/22/2011 3:08 PM
Thank you so much for writing about this very little known, yet very important topic (new age).
Unfortunately, the *vast* majority of Catholics know little-to-nothing about New Age or the consequences of partaking in the practices associated with it. This may explain why for instance, Yoga, is being taught in schools, homes, and even churches. The schools, homes and churches range from public schools to Christian homes/schools/churches...and yes, that includes Catholic institutions (until somebody complains and it then it's banned). If you don't believe me, just google it. There's so much ignorance about this topic.
That's why I'm so very thankful for this article! The timing of it is so perfect too, because there's a GREAT "New Age" series being discussed on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Ntwk; Catholic cable channel) on a program called "Women of Grace" this very week! (2/7 - 2/9/2011)
By the way, this program can be viewed at *anytime* for FREE online. Just google: "EWTN Women of Grace 14545" and goto lhla, then click "television" to lookup show # 14545 - 14547 (I'm unable to copy the link here as external links are not permitted within comments on this site).
I missed some portions of the show myself when it aired on TV, but the little bit I saw chock full of great info! This is the type of series that would be great to have in every parish! For instance, either on a TV screen near the exit (so parishoners can watch it as they exit the church) or perhaps at a special "homily presentation". Or how about handing out transcripts of this program to every person at the ex its? I say transcripts (and not pamphlets), because I have yet to see any "good" pamphlets on this subject (believe me, I've looked...both large/small Catholic publishers).
People need to understand the serious consequences of the New Age, where (or who) it comes from, and more importantly, how to receive the grace of discernment so they can understand what offends our Lord, and then repent, confess, and share what they've learned with others who are unknowingly hurting themselves at so many levels.
Again, thank you SO much for writing about this topic.
Blessings & Peace,
It's great to hear a bishop talk about such things so openly. There are far too many "well-meaning" Catholics who engage in this sort of activity who don't even realize its negative effect. There is an excellent book out right now from Saint Benedict Press titled "The Judas Syndrome: Seven Ancient Heresies Return to Betray Christ Anew". It discusses the heresies that were faced by the early Church and how they were dealwith then, and explains how they're reappearing now. And there's more than a few references to the negative impact of new age movements on the faith!
RICARDO GRZONA - 2/12/2011 5:00 PM
Muchas Gracias Monseñor Wenski.
T. MITCHELL - 2/11/2011 11:25 AM
La Nueva Era sigue haciendo daño, incluso aún dentro de nuestros dirigentes católicos que con poca formación, no están atentos a un discernimiento católico de nuestra fe, de una aparición extraña.
Gracias por recordarnos que nuestras parroquias deben ser escuelas de oración. Dios permita que podamos llegar también con la LECTIO DIVINA, que nos sugiere el Santo Padre en la Exhortación Verbum Domini (Números 86 y 87).
Todos queremos que nuestra Iglesia en Miami refleje cada vez más la luz de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Cuente con nosotros.
Thank you, Archbishop, for addressing this important issue: SOUTH FLORIDA IS RAMPANT WITH NEW AGE THINKING & ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS GEARED FOR THOSE INTERESTS
It is shocking to realize the number of would-be or likely former-Christians and Catholics and Jews who have left Judaism or Christianity for the wide net of "New Age spirituality." When you tell such a person you are a Catholic or Christian, they may say, "Oh, that's religion, not spirituality." Imagine for 2000 years we haven't been spiritual apparently.
If you take even a casual glance at the worlds of Yoga, Kirtan, Meditation, the Goddess Movement, Astrology, all the various psydo-Healing arts like Reiki, the Drum Circle Movement, Unity Church, "consciousness tribe" you will see what is happily promoted as a Pagen or Tribal culture that celebrates essentially pre-Judeo Christian thought and lifestyle.