November 12, 2009

It was the last day of the Life in the Spirit Seminar yesterday. The people who went, I believe came away more aware of the Holy Spirit's presence in their lives. Some I believe by what I observed, fear as well. The use of crystals or some other method as use of a talisman to ward off evil or for some, some other reason. One doesn't have to be a rocket scientist to know those individuals also practice New Age along with their Catholic faith. At the time when we were prayed over, I wondered afterward, if it was possible that they were in a way trying to keep God out by what they used as a form of protection.

I had a friend who dabbled in the occult with tarot cards and crystals. A brief time in my life because of her involvement with it I learned the truth of this type of path. Her friendship was more to me than what she was doing that brought more harm than good, she too was also from a Catholic family that went in the direction of occultism. Out of that friendship I learned about some of these things and their use. When she moved away after her divorce from her 3rd husband we never kept in touch. Out of those years I discovered much and thankfully never sought a path in this direction. So when I see people wearing and clutching certain items, it's easy to know that their heart is not where it should be. Because they trust in the items and not God to keep them safe. I might be wrong too about it.

Anyway, how can one follow the way of crystals and other forms of divination and then follow God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit? That's like serving two masters. Yet, many who follow this type of way also seek protection from God knowing that it is wrong. I may be wrong myself in my assumption of it all. Who knows why those particular crystals and hand movements are just a normal everyday thing. I'm not an authority on the subject, but an observer in life about the effects and hazards of it as a bystander. It is with hope that when they have been prayed over that the Holy Spirit will also convert their heart to the true path.

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Faith said...

I received my relationship with God through a Life in the Spirit Seminar. Some people think Cursillo is better. The Archdiocese of Boston is trying a program from Renew International that they've named Arise Together in Christ. They all aim at bringing people into relationship with God.

Marie Cecile said...

Is that program the same one in your Parish? Arise? I've heard of Cursillo. This is a first time for me going to one of these Seminars. I discovered that many really do want a closer relationship but most of all they want the gifts of the Spirit.

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