Gavin Long, the former Marine who killed three policemen in Baton Rouge last weekend was a self-styled New Age guru who penned three books containing a wide variety of esoteric ideas about how to become healthy in mind, body and spirit.
LL writes: “I have carried with me and read the Pieta Prayer Book for two decades. A lot of the prayers are some of my favorites. Somebody just told me that the Pieta book is bad, and shouldn’t be used. Is that true? Is it New Age, or is it a good Catholic Prayer book approved by the Church?”
JB writes: “ . . . [O]ver the past few years many of my fellow Catholic moms have started selling Norwex, like Tupperware, but more of a house cleaning thing. At first I was intrigued, but the products seem to lean towards ‘chemicals are bad’ (um not when my kids have gotten sick and I need bleach to clean my toilet, but ok), and after visiting their website something just smelled of population control, or the like. Any ideas?”
With almost one in every five Americans now sporting at least one tattoo, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new consumer alert on potential health risks associated with these permanent markings.
CF asks: “Could you please tell me about the site of Tradition in Action (TIA) and why they question Divine Mercy Sunday? The site claims that Sister Faustina did not get messages from God. It is very disturbing that this site came up on my Facebook page when researching Catholic teachings.”
CR writes: “Should I stay away from this couple’s [Francis and Judith MacNutt] ministry and writings? I am concerned that he gave up his priestly vocation to marry, and that this might be an indication of something unseemly in their deliverance ministry.”
MB asks: “I am a musician and a teacher and I am very much interested in researching about neuroscience of music. It is a basically new field of study since the year 2000. Neuroscientists basically study the impact that music education has on the brain, especially at an early age and how it promotes brain and cognitive development . . .