CA writes: “My sisters combine the ‘theology,’–and I use that term loosely–of the book, The Secret, with solid Catholic teaching. They both have devotions to the saints, the rosary, go to Sunday Mass, etc. That’s why I find it so troubling. Something in my gut tells me this book’s advice cannot be fully reconciled with the Truth found in our Church. . . . (D)o you have any information that specifically addresses the issues of using the mind to “create a life,” and how does one factor in God’s will into that?”
Making promises its essential oils can’t keep has warranted a warning letter from the FDA to Young Living Essential Oils, a multi-level marketing company whose founder seems to have a knack for trouble.
Hollywood depictions of the occult never include the grisly truth about what can happen to people who willingly consort with dark powers.
JS writes: “I was wondering if you could advise me on the use and consumption of milk/kefir made out of the Tibetan mushrooms.”
CF asks: “One of my cousins in Canada is sending quotes on Facebook from the Truth Follower. Although the quotes are good, I have a strange suspicion that they might be more new age than Catholic. Have you heard of this site?”
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.”