Embracing New Age Beliefs, Adhering to Doctrines Devoid of Rules and Restrictions

A 2018 Pew Research survey showed that a huge percentage of nearly seventy percent (70%) self-professed Catholics in the U.S. embrace one or more New Age beliefs. Of the 70%, 42 percent believe spiritual energy can be derived from physical things, 40 % believe there is spirituality in mystical physics, 29 percent believe in reincarnation, while 26 percent believe their fate is determined by forces of astrology.

In all those beliefs, Christians and members of any other religion do not have to be at the mercy of one god, because as the New Age teaches, the Gods revered by most religions are already dead. That being the case, New Age followers do not have to be bound by old religious doctrines when searching for truth and self-fulfillment. Basically, the rule has been rewritten to doing “whatever feels good as long as no one gets hurt in the process.”

The problem, however, is not the New Age beliefs, but the perception by many that it is a new form of religion that makes any forms  of worship and way of life, justifiable. There are no prophecies about a “second coming” and no threats of damnation to those who do not believe in the prophecy. If taken as a religion, it appeals to those who prefer not to work for a traditional religious concept of living one’s life, toward the salvation of one’s soul. After all, the New Age doctrine inculcates that man’s soul will reincarnate, and not burn in hell or transcend into a life everlasting. .

The Problem with New Age is That…

New Age aims to awaken in man the belief that human beings are by nature, divine. They only need to learn how to send out their divine spirit, or look for a medium with which to channel their divine facet. To do this, New Age believers must use crystals, which means a believer has to buy them from some specialty New Age stores to make sure the crystals work.

Practicing New Age means spending hours in meditation, and the proper way to do this is to listen to New Age recorded music. There is a wide range of New Age music to choose from; specifically composed as background music for self-hypnosis that paves the way for mystical healing or for getting in touch with different world spirits.

Now while a New Age believer is at a specialty music store, looking for meditational, non-verbal music, there is an array of accessories which he or she can buy for prepping up one’s surroundings in order to make it suitable for an astral adventure. A single session of meditation works well with cup of “aura cleanser,” which actually is just a concoction of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle

One interesting buy that can cost as much as fourteen dollars ($14), is a ten-milliliter bottle containing “essence of guardian angel support.” Probably a good buy for those who are not aware that the Christian God offers guardian angel support for free.

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Teresiano : Finding Meaning in the Works of Saint Teresa of Avila

A celebration of the life and times of Saint Teresa of Avila is a remembrance of the reforms brought about by the first woman to have been bestowed the title “Doctor of the Church.”

Also known as Teresa of Jesus, she began her Teresian reforms in 1562 as a way of re-establishing the Carmelite life of religious women, back to its truest sense and as prescribed by the Council of Trent. Carmelite Reforms initiated by St. Teresa had emphasized and restored the life of austerity and contemplation; core traits of the Carmelite way of life as it first started in Mt. Carmel, the mountain of the Prophet Elijah in Palestine during the 12th century.

The Council of Trent on the other hand, referred to pronouncements and clarifications of the Catholic church’s doctrine, in order to counter the Protestant Reformation movement that transpired between 1545 and 1563.

The Primitive Carmelites

The Carmelite movement was started during the 12th century by a group of hermits who desired to live a life of prayer, similar to the life lived in Mt. Carmel by the Prophet Elijah. They represented the primitive Carmelites who had followed the formula of a simple life outlined by St. Albert of Jerusalem. The formula later became known as the Rule of St. Albert, by which Carmelites and Discalced Carmelites throughout the world, still abide as way of life.

The Discalced Carmelite Nuns

A reformed Carmelite nun became a Discalced Carmelite, a barefoot nun living a cloistered life totally devoted to contemplative life spent in prayers,mediation and penance. True Carmelite life is free from distractions and trivialities, as had been the original way of life adapted by pious women who became members of praying communities officially established in 1452 in Florence, Italy.

The Discalced Friars

Saint Teresa’s reforms were not only for the Carmelite nuns but also for Carmelite friars who also wanted to live their spiritual lives in intense prayers, and at the same time able to administer pastoral care of people, particularly those whom the church had neglected.

In 1567, St. Teresa was quite concerned when she learned that there were millions of Latin Americans who have not yet heard the Gospel of Christ’s teachings. Thereafter she asked and received permission from the catholic church to establish a community of Carmelite friars. Her goal was to have a group of friars living contemplative lives like the Carmelite nuns, whilst keeping such life in balance in carrying out missionary and apostolic work outside of their cloister.

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