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Catholics and the New Age Paperback – February 1, 1992
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Pacwa exposes the roots of New Age infiltration into the Catholic Church. It's a controversial topic but he makes it pretty clear that using something like the Enneagram (a typology purporting that there are 9 types of characters) just doesn't square with being Catholic. Seen in the light of Tradition and Scripture, which Fr. Pacwa makes reference to, this and all New Age practices are dubious at best and diabolical at worst.
My parents bought me my first set of runes, and my first Ouija board. I do not think they were being willfully evil. They were just VERY ignorant regarding Catholic truth, and also regarding the dangers of the New Age.
Luckily, when I was in my late 20s, I met a wonderful and faithful priest who also went though a period of experimentation with "crystals" and "runes" and other garbage when he was a teenager. He walked me through the dangers and pitfalls such approaches to "spirituality" present. The interesting thing was, in my heart of hearts, I always knew that my parents and I were offending Jesus with the actions we were taking. I just KNEW I was doing something wrong, despite my parents' tacit approval and even encouragement. All Father had to do was bring out of me the answers I already had on my heart. He gently led me to repentance, and then forgiveness in Christ Jesus.
Still, until recently, I had never known anyone whose life was ruined because the New Age. However, I can now say that the New Age is destroying people in my family. I have several family members hopelessly fascinated with this stuff. Some have had tragedies in their lives and are unable to really heal and deal with the ramifications of such deep personal loss because they are holding on to their loved ones with seances and other inappropriate forms of spiritualism and communication with the dead.Read more ›
Pacwa vividly describes his spiritual journey. He talks about experimenting with yoga, the Enneagram, Jungian psychology. He credits his conversion experience to Fr. Richard Rohr (Radical Grace: Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr)
"Catholics and the New Age" also has helpful resources for those who want to learn more. Pacwa shows much discernment in the books he recommends. It's an excellent, educational book.
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Fr Mitch Pacwa never amaze me..This book highlights the dangers of new age that catholics may be unaware of.. a must read book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very good book. Interesting and easy to read. Mitch Pacwa tells from his own experience about the dangers of the New Age movent.Published 9 months ago by Jo-Ann Lont
Vital reading for anyone involved, or thinking of becoming involved, in new age practices.Published 9 months ago by Lydia
This book is well written, very informative and most importantly accurate. A must read for anyone who is considering dabbling in the New Age or has family members who are doing... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Debra Ann Matchell
I enjoy watching Fr. Mitch's show on EWTN, he is a very learned yet down-to-earth priest, so when I saw this book on Amazon I knew it would be good. And it was! Read morePublished 17 months ago by A. Lane
Well informed book to read regarding the new age and Catholics.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful insights from a prominent Catholic priest who dabbled with New Age philosophy as a young man, then saw major problems with it.
Well worth the read.