Decoding the Oneness Movement

meditationJB writes: “What can you say on this topic. I heard a recent story of a young woman climbing through various states of consciousness and actually going to India and connecting with a guru who teaches this. Has something to do with oneness and after these encounters with even relatives such as dead grandparents etc. there’s an overwhelming feeling of gratefulness and peace. What can you tell me about this?”

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What does the Church Say About Praying in Tongues?

woman praying bwC asks: “What are the Church’s teachings about speaking in tongues?  I have to admit that I was thrown for a loop while reading a book by Fr. George Montague about The Holy Spirit when he talked about speaking in tongues as though it is normal. Is this true?  I am in RCIA, so still learning about the church.”

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Don’t Settle for Meditation Gimmicks!

woman arms raisedLC writes: “I was a little disappointed to learn that eastern meditation is not recommended for Christians.  I felt that the last one I did by Deepak Chopra led me to the Daniel fast which ultimately changed my life. I started this new meditation challenge also by Deepak Chopra and instead of saying the Hindu mantra, I meditate on the actual phrase. For example “I am a radiant and spiritual being.” Is that such a bad thing if I also incorporate prayer in my life and keep Christianity first?”

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Zazen is Not Christian Prayer

buddhist monk prayingBW writes: “The August issue of Maryknoll Magazine highlights an article on a nun who practices Zazen from the Zen religion and shows her sitting in the classic yoga position. I could not find any information on Zazen and hope you can provide some information on this that I can send to the Maryknoll Magazine priests and editors to enlighten them on this subject.”

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Can We Wear Native American Symbols?

LR writes: “A First Nation person told me that, although a lot of native Christian people use native art (totem poles, dances to the spirit world, symbols of eagles, ravens, whales, wolf) etc., these are not of God, not sanctioned by God and should be avoided (and burned if you have them). She said these represent old pagan beliefs (God is all creation, when a raven speaks to you it is sharing of creation). Is there a problem wearing a sweater with a large eagle native form on the clothes, and such?”

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