ST asks: “A few of my friends have been singing the praises of hot stone massage which they have been receiving at a local spa. From the little I read about it, it sounded awfully New Age. What do you know about it?”
VQ writes: “Please write an explanation of winter solstice celebrations & their compatibility to Catholic Christian or incompatibility.”
JS writes: “My son recently was given “BeyBlades” for his birthday. They are quite popular and based on the Cartoon Network show BeyBlades. There are different symbols on each of the beyblades and I was wondering if this toy and show are tied to the occult.”
PM asks: “Can you tell me if Helen Russ is New Age. She advertised in the Catholic Church Porch Meditation as an alternative.”
DH asks: “Have you investigated any information about drum circles that are “popping up” in Catholic Churches and at women religious retreats? We have some very devout people in our parish who are musicians and they have latched onto the idea that Christian praise and worship can occur within drum circles. They have organized a drum circle and the group alternates meetings between our Catholic Church and a local Protestant denomination. Our Youth Ministry members also participate now. The drum circle is advertised as “musical worship, family fun, includes the children , and, as an appealing way to praise God. . .
In addition to its affiliations with Planned Parenthood and radical feminism, the Girl Scouts are continuing their liaison with another questionable bedfellow – the New Age.
CC asks: “Can you do something to straighten out this New Age Kolbrin Bible (supposedly salvaged from an arson in 1184 from Glastonbury Abbey). The 5 first set/books called the Bronzebooks & the last 5 books Coelbooks…..Related to this subject – while you’re at it – an explanation is needed about: Zecharin Sitchin; Irish/Celtic Ten Lost Tribes; Nirbiru!”
JE asks: “Would you consider the presence of a Dream Catcher an open door to the occult? I’ve never been comfortable with their use for children . . . I have a necklace & earring set of Dreamcatchers sitting in my jewelry box. . . . (A)fter reading about some of your other posts about jewelry I’ve been thinking that in addition to pitching the “Mary Poppins” book set I never got around to reading, I should pitch the Dream Catcher jewelry as well. Could you maybe tell us a little more about what to look out for in jewelry? Or would that be a whole ‘nother Learn to Discern book?”
AD writes: “Can you tell me about The Five Agreements? I have found out the author is a nagual shaman and it originates with the Toltic religion and culture. To me this is very New Age and someone close to me is encouraging me to buy into this.”
CZ writes: “A woman who used to minister at our local Catholic retreat house recently died. Her obit talks about having spent the last ten years in teaching “the New Cosmology.” What is that? Just from the sound of it, I am sure it is not in accord with Catholicism and church teaching.”