Monday, November 2, 2009

Let's Corrupt Those Teen Minds

On Friday, I got wind of a planned event at the Edge at St. Peter's Church in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The Edge is the catechism class provided for students in grades seven through nine, so the kids are 12 to 15 years of age.

Here is the email sent out from the coordinator of the Edge program to parents:

As you may know from reading your religious education schedule, we are planning a traditional Mexican Day of the Dead celebration at Edge this Sunday, November 1. To make our celebration authentic we are asking all Edge participants to do what they would normally do if they were celebrating the Day of the Dead in Mexico -- that is, entice the spirit of a departed loved one to come to them. In Mexico, they do this by offering a favourite food, playing the loved one's favourite music, bringing an object that represents an activity that the loved one enjoyed, for example, if your loved one was an avid golfer, you could bring a golf club and a ball or something similar, perhaps you have an item of clothing or jewelry (not too expensive, please) that was a favourite of the departed loved one's. In addition, we ask that each participant bring a picture of their departed loved one so that we can all celebrate this person's life with them. The purpose of the Day of the Dead is to celebrate the life of the departed after a period of mourning. Since we just studied the beatitude "Blessed are those who mourn," last Sunday, I think it is particularly fitting that we celebrate the Day of the Dead this coming Sunday. Our guest speaker for the evening is Martha Carerra who has celebrated many Days of the Dead at her home in Mexico and has brought the tradition with her to Canada. We are very grateful that she is willing to share this important celebration with us.

When one parent raised objections to the parish priest that this was actually bordering on a seance, he was told that he was blowing things out of proportion and taking things too seriously. Yet he even gave the priest the Catholic teaching on this from the Catholic Catechism:

2116 All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to "unveil" the future. [Cf. Deut 18:10; Jer 29:8] Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.

I'm sorry, but I don't find playing with the occult something that can be taken too seriously. What on earth are they thinking in this church? And who is overseeing this program?

Since September, it seems that many things are coming to light in our Catholic church here that have definitely been lurking in the dark. I pray that all of the things done in the dark will come to the light and be exposed. If God is shaking the tree of the Church here, I pray that He shakes it really hard and all the rotten fruit falls off, leaving just the good fruit to grow.

My blog does not get many readers, but I will try to do what I can to expose the works of darkness. I find it timely that last week, as I drove home from the 40 Days vigil each night, I was listening to the Christian radio station and all week, the topic was curses, how one gets cursed in one's life, and how to get free from a curse. The very first thing that brings a person under a curse is to have anything to do with the occult. So many people think this is totally harmless, from playing with a ouija board to reading horoscopes, to having their fortune read from tarot cards. They have no idea that they are entering right into the realm of Satan, who rules the underworld where all these things come from. This stuff is not harmless in the least, in fact it is playing havoc with many people's minds. And teens are so impressionable, that they get sucked right into it easily.

"Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them." - Ephesians 5:11


Jaclyn said...

That is so disheartening, to say the least. If our young people cannot find truth within the walls of our churches, within the ministries set up to serve them, how can they have any hope of learning our faith anywhere?

This *almost* makes me want to go back into youth ministry.

BabyBoy1203 said...

This is terrifying. I don't want to go into details, but I know from a dark period of my own life in years past that Satan needs us to show only the slightest interest in him through these things in order to enter our lives and take control in ways we could never foresee. The results are horrible and so difficult to overcome. Reading all this sent a chill down my spine; it is definitely not innocent.

"Enticing" loved ones to visit them? That's really playing with fire, and I'm worried for the ones involved because this isn't harmless behavior and I doubt they realize that. If they are ever "visited" by a spirit, it won't be that of a loved one, that's pretty sure. Satan may take many forms and loves nothing more than to deceive us, and if the door is opened just a crack, he will slip right on in without a moment's hesitation. It's really true...and the person involved will hardly see it coming.

The information in this post troubles me very much, thinking that such things are done with young people--who already have enough to endure in this society while trying to cling to Jesus--in our own churches. I'm glad you expose these things; they are things that need to be brought into the light.

I also really resent the words "Day of the Dead." It sounds so final, so bleak. The Church has beautiful celebrations of the saints/a person's life on Nov 1 and 2; why do these people feel the need to add to that?

I agree with Jaclyn. This sort of behavior in our churches is a serious betrayal of the young. It really bothers me a lot and I see why you wrote about it.

Suzanne said...

Write Lifesite

They might write a story about it.

Anonymous said...

You might find it interesting that in the Book of Genesis, it says God created "Light" on the first day. But the Sun and the stars had not been created yet. They are given special mention in a passage which follows later. In Chapter 1, Verse 14, God is said to have made the sun and moon and stars "for signs" on the fourth day of Creation. For thousands of years, astrologers have been doing just that - looking "for signs" in the heavens as a way of understanding what is happening, or will happen, on Earth.

Remember that the heavenly bodies move in ways that are not controlled by man, but by some universal Force which many call God. If there are "signs" to be seen in their movements, one could argue that the "signs" are from God, and perhaps that is why their use as "signs" is specifically mentioned in the first chapter of the Bible.

"And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:"
- Genesis 1:14 in King James Version of The Bible

Sometimes I wonder if the people who quote the Bible to condemn Astrology have ever read what is on the very first page? It says God made these heavenly bodies to show us "signs" of His intentions, and those signs are there for anyone to read, if they would only learn how to interpret them.

That is what Astrology is all about - interpreting the signs in the motions of the sun, moon, and "wandering" stars. And that is why Kings and Popes have consulted Astrologers throughout the entire recorded history of mankind. In ancient times these wise counselors were called Magi (wise men) or Chaldeans, since many of the wise men who knew the principles of Astrology were from the land of known as Chaldea.

Here's another passage from the Bible, this time from the New Testament (quoted from the King James Version)...

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
- Luke 21:25-27 in the King James Version of The Bible

Here we have Christ making a prophecy, and saying that there will be "signs" in the heavens of His coming, specifically in the sun and moon and stars (i.e. planets). This is clearly about the use of Astrology, and it is given in the words of Christ Himself.

I wonder why He would tell us there would be "signs" in the heavens, unless He meant for us to look for them and know how to interpret them? Wouldn't a person who professes to be "a Christian" give more credence to these unambiguous words of Christ than to the ambiguous admonitions of an ancient Hebrew prophet in the Old Testament? Wouldn't it make sense for Christians to actually study Astrology so they could be aware of those "signs in the heavens" Christ said would appear at His coming?

In ancient times, the study and practice of Astrology was restricted to the educated and the elite. The King's astrologers interpreted his natal horoscope and ongoing transits (movements) of the wandering stars (planets) as referring to the affairs of the entire nation. There weren't any "personal" asttrologers for the average person then, but only for the King and perhaps some of the wealthy and powerful elite. Today anyone can learn Astrology and use it to interpret the "signs" in the heavens which tell us the timing of events and issues in our personal lives.