Many Catholics will no longer accept the Teachings of the Catholic Church as they shop for the right mixture of 'spiritualities' to suit their individual needs. The Truth's of the Catholic Church no longer hold sway over these 'spirituality shoppers', as they seek to mix different kinds of mysticism to suit themselves.
This is not what Jesus told the disciples when He said to them,"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them... "Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand." When we long for different doctrines we have fallen out of love with God and in love with the satanic illusion of making our lives better or more meaningful by embracing a lie over the Truth.
At the heart of this need for a spiritual elixir are two motives one is to maintain control over one's life even to negating Gods Power. The other is to find a spiritual formula that justifies sin as normal. In this century sin has become a dirty word, it is also becoming obsolete to those who think themselves more 'enlightened' than God and His Church!
One form of 'designer spiritualism' is the use of the enneagram, which is designed to tell your entire personality traits as if we were a mathematical equation rather than a beloved child of God. Many Catholics are embracing this form of false spirituality, even Priests are encouraging what is little more than dabbling in the occult. It's origins lay with the Islamic Sufi cult and was also used by some Eastern religions which embrace numerology. The question we need to ask is why are so many drawn to what are occult practices? Is the Truth of the Church no longer palatable to these spirituality shoppers? More dangerously, why are some Priests helping to promote this dangerous activity within their own parishes and also on Catholic based websites?
This constant need for anything 'new' or 'exciting' not only indicates spiritual immaturity it indicates a falling away of the faithful and denial of the Truths of the Church that they profess to believe during the Liturgy. How can one profess the Apostles Creed when they have placed their faith in what the numbers of the enneagram reveal? Does God speak through an enneagram? It is also shows spiritual laziness, where many people prefer to treat our Catholic faith as if it were a recipe which needs new ingredients to liven it up! Have any of these 'new agers' studied the works of Saints John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Francis of Assisi, Augustine and Thomas Aquinas or master writers as G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Bishop Fulton Sheen and many more? Perhaps these master writers of the spiritual life would challenge them too much when they would prefer to remain enchanted by numerals, the elements and the feminist agenda!
Another word that the modernists like to use is 'inclusiveness' to their way of thinking this means accepting any and ALL spiritualities as valid, even such 'spiritualities' as Wicca, the enneagram, crystal power, centering prayer, yoga practices and female empowerment. What is troubling is when Priests and Bishops allow these new age philosophies to infiltrate the Mass, where the created is worshipped rather than the Creator. Some Masses have even had 'thank you services' for 'spirit earth, spirit water and spirit fire'... this is outright paganism... yet a minority of Priests and Religious have services where this form of Mass is encouraged. There are many Religious who refuse to call God Our Father and substitute this with an 'our mother' or they refer to God as the 'feminine spirit or goddess'. Some also refuse to read from the Lectionary during Mass and instead read from an inclusive Bible, here is what Canon Law states, Can. 279 ß1 Clerics are to continue their sacred studies even after ordination to the priesthood. They are to hold to that solid doctrine based on sacred Scripture which has been handed down by our forebears and which is generally received in the Church, as set out especially in the documents of the Councils and of the Roman Pontiffs. They are to avoid profane novelties and pseudo‚science." It does not get clearer than this, any Priest or Religious who attempt to bring in their own 'fanciful' idea's to make the Mass more 'relevant' or more 'entertaining' have missed the entire point of what the Mass is. The Mass is the one eternal Sacrifice of the Son for the sin of all, and it is during Mass that we receive the Body and Blood of our Lord through the Eucharist and the Graces that abound through God's Goodness, to each of His children.
When we try to dilute the Mass in preference for more inclusive formula's which may bring comfort to non Catholics then what faith are we professing? For it certainly is NOT the Catholic Faith or its Traditions! As the old saying goes 'those who don't stand for something, fall for anything', are many 'Catholics' in that same mold? We are not here to make sure that those who prefer to embrace Wicca feel included or those who belong to the Buddhist faith feel validated or those who practice such arts as the enneagram and other pagan practices, feel vindicated. Once again as has been stated before, the Catholic Church is not a democracy, and for those who feel disenfranchised, maybe it would be preferable if they left the Catholic Church if they find it's 2,000 year old Teachings no longer acceptable.
When Wiccan elements are introduced into Mass, this then corrupts the Body of the Church as the spirit of paganism is worshipped over and above God. We are not here to worship earth, wind and fire, rather we are here to worship the Creator of all things and to give thanks and praise to the Triune Spirit through the Sacraments of the Church. Let us make this clear... Wicca is little more than a fancy name for old fashioned witchcraft and sorcery. Those who practice Wicca cast spells on those they do not like and cast good spells on those they do like, once again the element of human control enters the arena. There is no such thing as a 'white witch' or a 'good witch'... witchcraft is just that... witchcraft... which is in league with the devil, the father of lies!
There is also the thorny issue of the feminist agenda, those Religious who feel disaffected with the Church because they are unable to become Priests. These Nuns are also aided and abetted by Priests who feel some type of shame and embarrassment that the Catholic Church is still archaic and patriarchal and refuses to ordain women into the Priesthood. For those who do feel ashamed of the Church's position should be mindful of this warning from our Lord, as it states in Mark, "Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels." If the feminist Religious are so grievously offended by not being able to join the Priesthood then whom do they wish to serve, God or their own ego's? Another point that needs to be made clear is when many feminist Nuns proclaim St. Mary Magdalene a 'feminist disciple' of the Lord, who did God the Father choose as His Rock upon whom the Church would be built? When Judas betrayed Christ and hung himself did Peter and the other disciples choose Mary Magdalene to replace him or did they choose Matthias? It is also a grave insult to Mary Magdalene who served her Lord in humble obedience and meekness of heart, and sought no power or acclaim for herself!
Rather than attempt to bring scandal to the Church, it would behoove those who feel greatly offended by our Catholic Traditions and the Teachings of the Magisterium, to leave the one Holy and Apostolic Church, and go to a church that will feed their insatiable ego's! It is this that lies at the heart of the matter, pure and simple pride in all its egocentric malevolency. If particular Nuns cannot recite the Lords Prayer as Jesus taught us, and instead prefer to recite 'our mother who art in Heaven..' truly do need to look within the depths of their souls and understand the spirit of pride that is driving them to heresy!
What drives the feminist movement within the Church, is a hatred of men which includes God the Father and Jesus the Son while they very obligingly embrace the 'feminist goddess' whom the feminists have portrayed as the Holy Spirit. Once again we enter the realm of heresy. When one embarks on hating a particular gender you then must include The Triune Spirit, for though God created man and woman with infinite love and tenderness, it is the feminist movement who has hijacked God's work of creation for their own nefarious purpose. The purpose for each of us and our existence is to love and serve God it is not to be self serving or self promoting. The true example for every woman to follow is that of our Blessed Mother. Never was a creature more perfect than the beauty of our Blessed Mother who most perfectly did the Will of the Father with no need for self promotion. Mary is the epitome of womanly virtues and if we truly seek to love God there is no more perfect example than to follow Mary as she points to her Son. It is through Mary that God truly dignifies the role of women within the Church and within Creation. She is our most perfect example of humility, meekness, obedience, charity and steadfastness. We should be longing to follow her example and not seek out self glorification.
For those who seek these new and fanciful idea's let them go and seek it outside of the Church rather than remain heretics within the fold!
Peace of Christ to ALL
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