Saturday, March 31, 2012

Occult Incursion Into The Life Of A Fourteen Month Old Child

Greetings Academicians!
You have seen (and read, I hope) various posts here at "The Academy" concerning the syncretistic, dangerous and thoughtless inclusion of occult practices by Catholics into their spiritual lives.

Below, I am reproducing in its entirety, a disturbing yet triumphant account from our neighbor Catholic Blogger, Lisa Mladinich, from her blog, Be An Amazing Catechist.

Her experience with the evil effects of Reiki on her baby daughter made my skin creep and my blood pressure rise.

Please read Lisa's account right here at "The Academy" or on Lisa's site: Be An Amazing Catechist - Additional-Resources: Killing Us Softly-Lisa-Mladinich-03-28-2012.html

Killing Us Softly: Seduced by the Occult

Because we live in a world of things both seen and unseen, we must hold to what we know -- including the power of prayer and fasting

By Lisa Mladinich, March 27, 2012

Let no one be found among you...who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD. (Deut. 18:10-12)

When my daughter first starting scrawling all over her papers with a black crayon, I was immediately concerned. She was about 14 months old, but she had been "drawing" for months. She favored bright colors, soft shapes, and a multitude of dots. The images were always cheerful and sweet in their total innocence. But one Friday when I picked up a sheaf of papers and saw her intense, ragged black scrawl, my heart leapt with fear. What could be troubling her, I wondered?
I was seeing a chiropractor every week, and whenever I had an appointment, I always brought my baby along. The massage therapist there loved my little girl, and would talk with her and encourage her to draw with her crayons while my back was being adjusted. It was at the end of one of these appointments that I picked up her papers and saw the disturbing product of my daughter's frenzied work on page after page after page.
The black scrawling continued on all her drawings, without exception, until we attended Mass two days later. Once we were inside the church, she settled into the pew and started coloring as normal, in bright, gentle shapes and dots.
The following Friday, when I was scheduled for another spinal adjustment, I decided to leave her home with my husband, who didn't have to be at work until later on. But even before I left the house, the black scrawl reappeared. And again, it continued until we attended Mass that weekend.
At my appointment, that morning, I pulled the massage therapist aside and asked her, "Do you have anyone new working in your office?" "No," she said. "It's still just me and my husband." I asked, "Are there any new spiritual influences in your life at the moment? Anything new that you're trying or getting involved in?"
At first she shook her head. But then she said, "Oh. I had a Reiki adjustment a couple of weeks ago..." and then she proceeded to tell me how wonderful it was, how the Reiki master had cured her of a nightly sensation of "burning feet," telling her that she had been a witch in a past life, and burned at the stake.
When she was finished talking, I very gently told this kind, sweet lady about my daughter's recent behavior. I apologized sincerely for what I was about to say, but I terminated our relationship. My daughter was too young to be prejudiced, I decided. And she was telling me something loud and clear. Something was very wrong. I never went back and the scrawl never recurred.
You've probably all had something like this happen to you: A close friend or a relative suddenly changes on a dime, their personality suddenly altered. Upon closer inquiry, you find that he/she has been seeing a psychic or having Reiki adjustments. Her faith, formerly growing and acquiring the humble trust needed for real advancement is now plagued with doubts.
Becoming visibly more prideful and prone to irritable outbursts, perhaps she even pooh-poohs spiritual realities made evident through the life of her own favorite saint, but she can't see the inconsistency. She is too "modern" to believe in such things. They are outdated notions. She can't believe you really think the way you do!
I'd like to share part of an interview by the Italian journal "30 Days," with Fr. Gabriel Amorth, who was the Chief Exorcist in Rome for many years and who has written books on his experiences.
30 Days: You fight against the demon every day. What is Satan's greatest success? 
Fr. Amorth: To succeed in making people believe that he doesn't exist. And in this he has almost succeeded. Even within the Church. We have a clergy and an episcopate who no longer believe in the devil, in exorcisms, in the extraordinary evil that the devil can cause, nor in the power that Jesus has given us to drive out demons.
It is time for us to pray and fast. This is spiritual war. Necromancy (contacting the dead), Tarot cards, witchcraft, Reiki (or "healing touch"), psychics, astrology, and other occult practices are all forbidden by God because He loves us and wants us to come to Him, to live in Him, and to be truly happy and at peace.
These practices are dangers, not little pleasures or wonderful secrets. They will first steal away your faith in soft, pleasant stages, then destroy your peace, and if you don't get help from the Church, will mortally wound your soul.
Here's what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say:
CCC 2117 "All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one's service and have a supernatural power over others - even if this were for the sake of restoring their health - are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or a when they have recourse to the intervention of demons."
2118 "Superstition is a departure from the worship that we give to the true God. It is manifested in idolatry, as well as in various forms of divination and magic."
One of my favorite saints, Saint Pio of Pietrelcino, was attacked night after night by demons who hated him for his devotion to God and to Our Lady. Read here about his battles, and the way he sought help from fellow priests and the saints in heaven. His perseverance drew many souls to Christ.
Saint John Vianney, the holy Cure of Ars, was also attacked on a regular basis, but his holiness just increased. In spite of his fears, he drew closer to God in his suffering and drew many souls to repentance through his love of God and his obedience to the Church.
If you are concerned about someone you love, a faithful priest can be of great comfort and good counsel, and should be sought in these cases. Gird yourself. Get to confession regularly, to Mass as much as possible, pray the Rosary, make small sacrifices, and in the darkest times of grave doubt, confusion, or even anger at what is transpiring, remember to pray, "Jesus, I trust in You!"
If you are devout, you can be sure you will suffer, but you will be a beacon of light to them in the darkness, and by God's grace, their souls may be saved by your loving example and persevering gentleness and forgiveness.
And just so you know that this problem has been going on a very long time, here's  part of the Old Testament reading from the liturgy of Friday, March 23, 2012:
The wicked said among themselves, thinking not aright: "Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training. He professes to have knowledge of God and styles himself a child of the LORD. To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us, because his life is not like that of others, and different are his ways. (Wis 2:1a, 12-22)
Remember, this battle is the Lord's (2 Sam 17). We are like Davids facing an onslaught of Goliaths.
And finally:But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." (Matt 17:27) 
God bless you!
Lisa Mladinich

Lisa Mladinich is a Catholic wife and mother, catechist and workshop leader, and the author of the popular booklets, "Be An Amazing Catechist: Inspire the Faith of Children," and "Be an Amazing Catechist: Sacramental Preparation" available from Our Sunday Visitor. She is the founder of
Mladinich's column, "Be an Amazing Catechist," is published every Wednesday on the Catholic portal. Subscribe via email or RSS.

Thanks, Lisa!

God Bless You, Too!

Dear Academicians,

Here are some links to some previous Posts from The Catholic Jedi Academy

concerning seduction into the occult and paranormal.
I hope they will be useful to you.
"The Assistant Headmaster"
Father James J.M. Reynolds, STL

Psychics Are A No-No

Monday, March 26, 2012

Benedict Visits Mexico: True Devotion To The Virgin Mary Always Leads Us To Jesus

Vatican City, 25 March 2012 (VIS) - "As we now pray the Angelus and remember the Annunciation of the Lord, our eyes too turn spiritually towards the hill of Tepeyac, to the place where the Mother of God, under the title of 'the Ever-Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe' has been fervently honoured for centuries as a sign of reconciliation and of God’s infinite goodness towards the world", said the Holy Father this morning before the Marian prayer.

"Do not forget", he went on, "that true devotion to the Virgin Mary always takes us to Jesus, and consists neither in sterile nor transitory feelings, nor in an empty credulity, but proceeds from true faith, by which we are led to recognise the excellence of the Mother of God, and we are moved to filial love towards our Mother and to the imitation of her virtues. To love her means being committed to listening to her Son, to venerate the Guadalupana means living in accordance with the words of the blessed fruit of her womb.

Elderly woman waits for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI
at the airport in Silao, Mexico, Friday March 23, 2012
"At this time, when so many families are separated or forced to emigrate, when so many are suffering due to poverty, corruption, domestic violence, drug trafficking, the crisis of values and increased crime, we come to Mary in search of consolation, strength and hope. She is the Mother of the true God, who invites us to stay with faith and charity beneath her mantle, so as to overcome in this way all evil and to establish a more just and fraternal society.

"With these sentiments, I place once again this country, all Latin America and the Caribbean before the gentle gaze of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I entrust all their sons and daughters to the Star of both the original and the new evangelization; she has inspired with her maternal love their Christian history, has given particular expression to their national achievements, to their communal and social initiatives, to family life, to personal devotion and to the continental mission which is now taking place across these noble lands. In times of trial and sorrow she was invoked by many martyrs who, in crying out 'Long live Christ the King and Mary of Guadalupe' bore unyielding witness of fidelity to the Gospel and devotion to the Church. I now ask that her presence in this nation may continue to serve as a summons to defence and respect for human life. May it promote fraternity, setting aside futile acts of revenge and banishing all divisive hatred", the Pope concluded.

After the Angelus, Benedict XVI prayed for a few moments in silence before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. As he imparted the final blessing, he also blessed ninety-one images of the Virgin of Guadalupe which are destined to be displayed in all the dioceses of Mexico.

Benedict Visits Mexico: Human Strategies Won't Suffice To Save Us, We Must Have Recourse To God

Vatican City, 25 March 2012 (VIS) - This morning Benedict XVI celebrated Mass in the Parque Bicentenario of the city of Leon. He reached the venue by helicopter from Miraflores College where he is staying during his apostolic visit to Mexico. On arrival he was welcomed by the governor of the State of Guanajuato before boarding the popemobile to greet the 500,000 faithful.

The Holy Father concelebrated Mass with Mexican cardinals and bishops, the presidents of the twenty-two episcopal conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean, and some 3,000 priests. The ceremony was accompanied by a 200-strong choir and the faithful were able to follow the event on giant screens.

Extracts from the Holy Father's homily are given below.

"We said, 'A pure heart, create for me, O God' during the responsorial psalm. This exclamation ... helps us to look deeply into the human heart, especially in times of sorrow as well as hope, as are the present times for the people of Mexico and of Latin America.

"The desire for a heart that would be pure, sincere, humble, acceptable to God was very much felt by Israel as it became aware of the persistence in its midst of evil and sin as a power, practically implacable and impossible to overcome. There was nothing left but to trust in God’s mercy and in the hope that He would change from within, from the heart, an unbearable, dark and hopeless situation".

"This should remind each one of us and our peoples that, when addressing the deeper dimension of personal and community life, human strategies will not suffice to save us. We must have recourse to the One Who alone can give life in its fullness, because He is the essence of life and its author; He has made us sharers in the same through His Son Jesus Christ.

"Today’s Gospel takes up the topic and shows us how this ancient desire for the fullness of life has actually been achieved in Christ. ... On the cross ... His “glory” will begin, because of His sacrifice of expiation for all, as the grain of wheat fallen to the ground that by dying germinates and produces abundant fruit. ... Our Lady of Guadalupe showed her divine Son to St. Juan Diego, not as a powerful legendary hero but as the very God of the living, by Whom all live, the Creator of persons, ... of heaven and earth. At that moment she did what she had done previously at the wedding feast of Cana. Faced with the embarrassment caused by the lack of wine, she told the servants clearly that the path to follow was her Son: “Do whatever he tells you”".

"By coming here I have been able to visit the monument to Christ the King situated on top of the Cubilete. ... This monument represents Christ the King. But His crowns, one of a sovereign the other of thorns, indicate that His royal status does not correspond to how it has been or is understood by many. His kingdom does not stand on the power of His armies subduing others through force or violence. It rests on a higher power that wins over hearts: the love of God that He brought into the world with His sacrifice and the truth to which He bore witness. This is His sovereignty which no one can take from Him and which no one should forget".

"From this park, foreseen as a memorial of the bicentenary of the birth of the Mexican nation, ... we ask Christ for a pure heart, where He as Prince of Peace may dwell “thanks to the power of God Who is the power of goodness, the power of love”. But for God to dwell in us, we need to listen to Him; we must allow His Word to challenge us every day, meditating upon it in our hearts after the example of Mary. In this way we grow in friendship with Him, we learn to understand what He expects from us and we are encouraged to make Him known to others.

"At Aparecida, the bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean saw with clarity the need to confirm, renew and revitalise the newness of the Gospel rooted deeply in the history of these lands. ... We need to overcome fatigue related to faith and rediscover “the joy of being Christians, of being sustained by the inner happiness of knowing Christ and belonging to His Church. From this joy spring the energies that are needed to serve Christ in distressing situations of human suffering, placing oneself at His disposition and not falling back on one’s own comfort”. This can be seen clearly in the saints who dedicated themselves fully to the cause of the Gospel with enthusiasm and joy without counting the cost, even of life itself. Their heart was centred entirely on Christ from Whom they had learned what it means to love until the end".

"Let us ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to assist us in purifying our hearts. ... And let us also ask her to continue accompanying and protecting her Mexican and Latin American children, that Christ may reign in their lives and help them boldly to promote peace, harmony, justice and solidarity".

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Some Moments Are Echoes Of The Lord Jesus' Transfiguration

The Transfiguration Of Christ by Pietro (Vannucci) Aperugino (c. 1446/1450–1523)

     Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
     And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
     Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, "Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."   He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
     Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him."
     Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them.
As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
     So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant.      [The Holy Gospel According To Saint Mark, 9:2-10]

     Once upon a time, a soldier was rushed back from the fighting at the front because his father was dying.  An exception was made because this soldier was the only child and only family the dying man had.   
     The soldier arrived at the hospital, was taken to the Critical Ward, and walked toward the semi-conscious man in the bed.  When the soldier was close enough to see the dying man’s face, he realized  that a horrible mix-up had happened.  This dying man was not his father!  The Army sent the wrong soldier home!
     The soldier went to the Nurses Station and informed the Nurses of the terrible mistake.
     "How much longer does he have to live?" the soldier asked.   "A few hours at most.  His sight is gone; his lungs are collapsing. He was holding on for you -- I mean, for his son to arrive."  
The soldier sat down in a waiting room, and thought of this dying man's son fighting somewhere, thousands of miles away.  
He thought of his own father.  And he thought about this elderly man, holding onto life in the hope of being with his son one last time before he died.
     The soldier walked up to the elderly man’s bed, leaned toward his ear, reached for the elderly man's hand and whispered into his ear, "Dad, I'm here. I'm with you."  
     The dying old man suddenly clutched the soldier’s hand. His failing eyes looked up, but the soldier's face was nothing but a blur.
     A contented smile transfigured the elderly man's face and remained there until he died, an hour later.
On Mount Tabor, during the astonishing experience of Our Lord Jesus' Transfiguration,  the disciples saw in Jesus His Divinity -- the life of God -- that dwelled within Jesus.   From this moment of transfiguration onward, there could be no doubt for them that Jesus of Nazareth was God's own, the Christ!
     I think that each one of us can relate to what the disciples experienced on that mountaintop.  All of us, I'm fairly sure, have experienced episodes when -- for a split second, for a moment -- we seemed to glimpse the eternal existence beyond this one.  
     I think that many, many people have had incidents when they clearly and unmistakably knew that the Presence of God was overwhelming them, or that they were silently, wordlessly being spoken to by God --  personally spoken to by God!  
     For some people, it might occur during intense prayer, or during Eucharistic Adoration, or during Mass, or after receiving the Holy Body and Blood of Christ during Holy Communion.  
     For some, perhaps it was the sight of a beautiful, awe-inspiring creation by God:  like seeing the Grand Canyon, or exquisite forests, or majestic mountains – or witnessing the birth of your children.
     Such moments are echoes  of the Lord Jesus' Transfiguration,  when, like the disciples, we are overwhelmed by the awareness of God's divinity with us.
     That divinity, that life of God, shines within each one of us, too  -- through the presence of the Holy Spirit -- Who entered our existence at Baptism, and has called us to become Christ's disciples: to become more and more like Christ.  
      The challenge of our call to be His disciples,  is for us to allow the Divine life of God within us to transfigure our lives and our world.
     For example: The soldier became transfigured before the dying elderly man.  The elderly man was not "blood."   He was not a relative.  He was an absolute stranger to the soldier.  Yet, the soldier didn't walk out of the hospital ward saying, "What a pity, eh, Doctor? The Army really messed this up!  Well, see ya! I’m going home!” 
     Instead, the soldier put aside his own expectations and desires in order to fulfill the hope and the longing of this suffering stranger.  
     The soldier allowed Christ's love to transfigure him;   and the soldier genuinely became a son  to the elderly man,  and gave the elderly man the devotion and com¬forting presence that the man's own son would  have given him.  
     The Lord Jesus did the same for us.  He put aside His own desires in order to fulfill our hopes: Our hopes of being freed from evil and sin.  Our hopes of enjoying life without end.  Our hopes of total communion with God.  
     Our Lord Jesus ful¬filled our hopes by suffering and dying on a Cross – a Cross carved for Him by our  sins and our betrayals.  So, 
Whenever we die to our own desires;
Whenever we die to our own expectations; 
Whenever we die to our own convenience so we can bring to life the hopes of
        others --
     We, by the power of the love of the Lord Jesus, can transfigure our small section of the world.  
     We can break down walls of evil and selfish arrogance, and overcome the limits of prejudices and labels and fears.    
     The Holy Spirit enables us -- transfigures us -- to become son, daughter, father, mother, brother, sister, friend to one another.
     On the mountaintop, "a cloud came, overshadowing Peter, James and John,  and out of the cloud came a voice: 'THIS IS MY BELOVED SON. LISTEN TO HIM.'"     We have heard Him.  Hopefully, we are listening to Him. And, now, we must live His teachings faithfully,  until we also are fully transfigured by Christ crucified and risen from the dead, when He raises us from the dead!

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