LT writes: “I attend a Christian Missionary Alliance Church, and recently I noticed one of the musicians had a red chile resembling the Italian horn, and a necklace made up of many small chile peppers hung on his podium. Being Italian this made me uncomfortable because it looks like the Italian horn used to ward off evil. Should I mention this to this man and /or the Pastor, or am I being too sensitive?”
CC writes: “I attended a workshop for early childhood ed and the presenter urged us all to change our curriculums to really emphasize a nature/environmental focus by bringing the outdoors inside and continue with lessons and experiences continuously taking the kids’ lead in areas of interest. She used words like POSITIVE ENGERGY in the classroom and even showed how to arrange it using lights and shadows and organizing materials using specific colors in a color pattern; also bringing in a couch, stones and water fountains instead of tables and desks. I couldn’t stand being there because it felt like a new age atmosphere. We were silent for awhile. She asked us what we thought almost like she was hoping for a positive response. Do I have reason to be concerned or am I overreacting?”
MJB writes: “My daughter recently came home from school wearing a wish bracelet that had been given to her by a friend. When I looked it up on the Web, it seemed superstitious. Am I overreacting or is this something like a talisman?”
SP writes: “I wonder if you can tell me what the connection is between owls and the new age movement is. It seems that owls are all the craze & I have even met a few people that hold them as ‘sacred”, which confused me further when they wouldn’t elaborate. Please advise since my daughter received an owl necklace from a friend & I don’t feel comfortable having her wear it.”
LR writes: “I heard that putting St. Joseph upside down in yard to sell a house is superstitious. What about putting St. Benedict medals in corners of a home for protection and blessing. Is this superstitious?”
SM writes: “I have a friend who insists that every word of a prayer novena has to be said correctly, or you have to start all over. Is this true?”
CS writes: “My wife’s mother recently passed away after a long terrible bout with MS. Prior to her being debilitated with this disease, my wife tells me that she was into new age type beliefs. . .