We have had several inquiries from readers about the status of the apparitions of Mary, Mediatrix of all Graces, which allegedly occurred in a Carmelite Convent in Lipa City, Philippines some 50 years ago. Have they been approved or not?
We have received a few questions concerning an alleged mystical phenomenon that occurs at charismatic prayer services and Masses in the form of flecks of sparkling glitter, gold dust, and even bubbles which some believe are manifestations of God’s grace. What is it, and is it really from God?
IB write: “I was given a book to read called ‘Prison Angel’, the story of a lady who considered herself a nun without being consecrated as one by our Catholic Church until years later. What is your opinion about this book?”
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?”