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Exorcists Weigh in on Reported Possessions in Mexico (Video)

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Two American Exorcists Weigh in on Reported Mexican Possessions There is one place where not even the most adventurous thrill seeker should tread: into the occult. Every exorcist will attest that even a little curiosity is dangerous because it opens one up to a world that is not always so easy to leave. According to a report on June 23 from the Daily Mail, three young Americans in a Mexican village ventured into such a world by... Read More

An Exorcist’s Perspective on the Harvard black mass

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Exorcists agree that the greatest threat from the devil is the evil we do not see. When evil is obvious, most will run from it. When hidden with nice sounding names like “pro-choice” or “mercy killing,” evil can delude people into doing the devil’s bidding. The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club is trying to play it both ways by hosting a black mass but claiming it’s really just a bit of history and good-natured... Read More

Are Yoga gods Divine Manifestations? A Catholic Perspective (Part III)

May 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Sullivan, New Age, Yoga

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In the first post we discussed “What is Yoga?” In the second post, we learned about the Hindu roots of Yoga. We found that there are certain Hindu gods that have been understood to play a role in teaching and promoting Yoga. We looked at Shiva, Vishnu, and Shakti, and said hello to Ganesh. The post concluded by noting four different positions on how to understand the gods of Yoga: The gods don’t exist; they are mere fables. The... Read More

What Is The Difference Between Magic And Religion?

April 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Fortea, Occult, Spiritual Warfare

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Q.  Father Fortea, what is the difference between magic and religion? A.  When we speak here of magic we are not referring to the popular art of the “magician” who pulls a rabbit out of a hat or makes things (apparently) disappear. Such “magicians” are just entertainers – illusionists – who use various techniques to trick our eyes. In this discussion, the word magic refers to occult practices performed by witches... Read More

What is Yoga? A Catholic Perspective (Part II): gods of Yoga

February 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Sullivan, Yoga

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In the first post on Yoga, we explored studies that showed a couple of important facts: · Consistent practice of Yoga is correlated with a diminishment of Christian belief. · Practitioners typically begin Yoga for physical reasons but stick with it for spiritual reasons. We concluded with a basic definition of Yoga: Yoga is both a comprehensive system of human culture—physical, moral, and psychological—and it acts as a doorway... Read More

Can I Trust the Mercy Center Spiritual Direction Training Program?

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Q: Dear Dan, I was searching for your spiritual direction training programs in my area and noticed an advertisement for the Mercy Center in Colorado Springs. Have you had a chance to evaluate them? Do you recommend them? Dear friend, the answer is yes I have had a chance to evaluate their program and another one in the area provided by Benet Hill Monastery and Retreat center. I wouldn’t recommend either nor would I recommend... Read More

What is Yoga? A Catholic Perspective (Part I)

January 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Sullivan, Yoga

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Editor’s Note:  Today, Fr. Ezra Sullivan, O.P.  joins our team of writers.  Father Ezra is a Dominican Friar of the Province of St. Joseph and we are blessed to have his contributions on our site.  Please welcome him warmly. Yoga is hands-down — toes-up — one of the most popular forms of exercise in the world, including the United States. It is also controversial, eliciting strong reactions from enthusiasts... Read More

Can I Trust Pierre Teilhard de Chardin?

July 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Liz Estler, New Age

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Recently, someone referred me to a prayer that Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. wrote called “Patient Trust”.  Researching it on the web, I found that it accurately describes the frustration many face while discerning what the Lord is calling them to…and the patience required to remain stouthearted and wait on the Lord with courage (cf Psalm 27:14).  “That looks good,” I thought, “Let me take a closer look at... Read More

I need a Catholic perspective on the New Age movement

September 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, New Age

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Q: Dear Father John, In my teen years I spent a few years in the Pentecostal world of faith. But when I went to university I discovered Catholicism and made it my faith home. This past year I have been on a search to deepen and renew my Catholic journey. Today I was starting to read my The Better Part and on page 22 the author refers to a document in the Vatican called Jesus Christ: the Bearer of the Water of Life. I looked it... Read More

Is the Enneagram something that I should be involved with?

November 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Enneagram, New Age, PseudoSpirituality

Q: Dear Dan, I have run into the Enneagram in my spiritual direction training. There is something about the approach that doesn’t ring true to me but I can’t quite put my finger on it. A: Well, the reason something doesn’t ring true about it is that the Holy Spirit is working in you to guide you to truth. My friend Susan Brinkman (over at Women of Grace) has written a post on this that will help you understand... Read More

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