About the Poetry of Rumi

rumiPC writes: “Can you please educate us about the Muslim philosopher Rumi? I have Catholic relatives that quote him all the time on Facebook. My relatives that are outside the church often respond by “liking” these quotes. Something about these Rumi quotes don’t sit well with me but I can’t put my finger on exactly what bothers me about his philosophy. Thank you.”

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Maximum Ride Series Concerns Parent

Maximum RideBVS writes: “I am writing to inquire about the Maximum Ride book series, our son brought these home, and is reading one for a book assignment for his parochial school.  He has read the book School is Out Forever, and brought home the book, The Final Warning. . . . My internal red flags started firing when on the back cover it reads ‘Like the Harry Potter series, this reading will be shared by children, their parents and grandparents’ . . .

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The Writings of Max Lucado

max lucadoMP writes: “Could you please tell me who Max Lucado is and what his belief system is?  The woman’s book club at our parish is reading a book by him called And the Angels Were SILENT for their April reading. I do not belong to it, but I have seen that he writes for Hallmark cards and I know he wrote The Christmas Candle movie, which sounded like a good Christmas movie.  Are his writings harmless or is he New Age?”

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