AL writes: “I am sending this article from www.americancatholic.org for your discernment. Fr. Mark’s use of the word praydream sounds a little like New Age. I have studied from Fr. Timothy Gallagher’s Discernment of Spirits book and listened to his teachings which I believe are very informative. I would like to know what your discernment is of this approach to discernment.”
DP writes: “Recently on an episode of your show, I heard a priest speak negatively about a book titled, “The Cloud of Unknowing,” saying that it was New Age. . .
SDM writes: “We have been in California for several months and we have heard this ‘new age’ idea that Jesus was a Buddhist! Do you know who started this absurdity? How do you “shine on those who dwell in (this) darkness”? What would you say to the people that really believe this?”
SM writes: “I have a friend who insists that every word of a prayer novena has to be said correctly, or you have to start all over. Is this true?”
SA writes: “I have Catholic friends who faithfully view Sid Roth:It’s Supernatural. I have watched the show myself and while Mr. Roth may have good intentions, I find the whole thing simply ‘entertaining’. My Catholic friends were upset when I stated that I thought it was a waste of time to view this program. There is no way to verify the supernatural encounters his guests have, let alone determine that they are from the Holy Spirit. Of course, each guest has a series of DVDs to sell to teach viewers how to perform deliverance etc. What is your opinion?”
SG asks: “Is Luisa Piccarreta and the “In the Divine Will” movement New Age? Orthodox? Approved?”
We recently had a question from a reader about the legitimacy of the Healing Room movement and whether or not it’s okay for Catholics to participate.
N writes: “I am an artist. My local art association had 2 women guests come and demonstrate the art of Zentangle recently. It is aform of doodle-ing . They said that it is associated with Reiki, Yoga and New Age. . . .
GM asks: “What is flame meditation, and what does the fact that my psychology professor does it tell me about her (as well as her denial of absolute truth)?”
Did you ever notice how the separation of church and state never applies to any religion except Christianity?