Hollywood depictions of the occult never include the grisly truth about what can happen to people who willingly consort with dark powers.
A reader is asking for more information about a cult-like religion known as the Institute for Divine Metaphysical Research.
JW writes: “How can I show those close to me that the Modern Mystery School classes entitled ‘Know Thyself’ and ‘Empower Thyself’ go against Catholic teaching and should not be taken by Catholics? They claim that they are not religious classes, that anyone of any religion can take these for spiritual/personal growth. A woman claiming to be Catholic is teaching courses from the Modern Mystery school entitled astral travel and sacred geometry. She also calls herself an Adept, Initiated, Shaman…and holds goddess nights to bring in the energy of ancient goddesses—one such goddess they celebrate is Mary the mother of Jesus. They claim that Jesus is the Source, the Light…They study the universal Kabballah. My sister and nieces are taking these classes and I am very concerned.”
ST asks: “Are pagan gods really demons? And if so, how do we know this?”
JA writes: “I have recently heard of a health and massage practice from the Philippines called “Hilot”. Is this practice occult or New Age (and therefore to be avoided like the plague by faithful Catholics)?”
DB writes: “I know of people who were inadvertently exposed to the pendulum or ‘the rod’ as it was called. Once it was discovered what this really was…most “got out”. They renounced it and so on…but I know of some who still feel the physical and spiritual effects. How can they receive help?”