MP asks: “Are you familiar with the Valerie Bertinelli Fitness DVD Losing It and Keeping Fit produced by GAIAM? I am not overly comfortable with anything produced by Gaiam (pronounced “guy-um”), which is a fusion of the words “Gaia” and “I am”. Gaia, mother Earth, was honored on the Isle of Crete in ancient Greece 5,000 years ago by the Minoan civilization. This civilization valued education, art, science, recreation, and the environment and believed that the Earth was directly connected to its existence and daily life. The concept of Gaia stems from the ancient philosophy that the Earth is a living entity.) I need to know if the exercises in this DVD are newage/yoga based. If not, do you think it’s a good idea to utilize a product that is new age marketed?”
Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Time Magazine celebrates just how out-of-touch it is with the American public by publishing a bizarre list of the top 10 best mothers in popular culture, which includes the imaginary Mother Earth goddess known as Gaia and Marge Simpson but neglects to include the “glory of Jerusalem” and the “highest honor of our race” – the Blessed Virgin Mary.
ML wrote: “Recently a friend and I did a lot of research, and with it tried to convince our pastor that to stage Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia in our (Catholic) church was to stage a New Age production. He would not hear of it. He did say that he would never allow if it were New Age. It’s too late – the show (it was billed as a “show” in the local paper) went on as apart of an Earth Day 2010 celebration in our area. I attended and was predictably horrified. I normally would not have attended such an event but wanted to make sure that we were correct in our conclusions about this event. (I went armed with holy water, a miraculous medal, a St. Benedict’s medial and a crucifix.) After I was told by my pastor that he just wanted me to pray for him, rather than to hear anything else that I had to say, my friend and I found a Vatican document that seemed to say that concerts could be allowed in churches but only sacred music could be performed. Could we have used that document to support our argument?”