Follow Patheos Catholic:
From Keli at View from the Pew, some new-agey nuns find a new-and-life-giving-being-in-a-drum.
If they depress you too much, you can check out these renegade young women, who still seem to believe that the source of life is God and that Christ is the redeemer. Or these, or these or these.
UPDATE: Keli has been gracious enough to share a little of her “new agey’ experiences and also her inspiring conversion story. Thought you might like to read it.
I don’t know if anyone ever saw the ads for the conservative Catholic periodical, the New Oxford Review, but they have this satirical “Church of Bozo” with clownish priests and nuns and congregants. I’m thinking some of these wacko nuns are members of said organization.
The Sisters of St Joseph of Carondolet are wonderful women who do great things in Jesus’ name. They run an outstanding women’s liberal arts college and minister to the poor, the sick and the elderly in the community. They encourage women to think and reason as well as believe.
I’m curious, Anchoress, do you see any place at all for alternative forms of spirituality in Catholic practice? Or is it the seeming total emphasis on the New-Agey stuff that you object to? I myself have found other forms of spiritual expression helpful to me, though I would never put them above the Sacraments. What do you think? Anyone else here want to comment?
I think Catholicism is so very rich with means and modes of prayer, that it doesn’t need any help or embellishment…just better teaching, more dissemination and attention to the Holy Spirit.
That said, I can get into banging a gong and sitting quietly as the thing’s vibrations die down, as a way to settle the mind and quiet myself. There are many ways to meditate, many ways to center oneself. I spoke with a Buddhist monk, once, who told me how a plain cup of black tea seemed to prepare his mind for prayer better than anything else.
But I know a little about that new-agey stuff, I spent a little time there, and it tends to take a very PC path that ends up equating a tree with the Christ and so forth.
It’s alright if that’s what you want, I guess…but it’s not what I want! And, as I said, I do believe the Christian tradition – even without the sacraments – has plenty of prayer advice for me that I haven’t even gotten to, yet.
And I’m sorry…but a drum will never be for me a “life-giving” being.
And everything Mary Clare said about these sisters might be true. But they’re still whacky!
There is a word for people who deviate from Church Doctrine–heretics. Want to incorporate Wiccan spirituality into the Catholic Church, including those lovely, mostly-recently-made-up(with almost no scholarship behind them) goddesses? Fine. Start your own religion. Don’t try to pass yourself off as a Roman Catholic to add “gravitas” to your movement. My local paper’s “Women News”(isn’t this special)section a few months ago had the story of a “Catholic” “nun” who had been secretly ordained as a priest by a renegade “bishop” in a rural community. She had been offering Masses at a once closed parish until the local diocese got wind of it and sent in another priest. I almost had some sympathy for her until she said that she is now holding secret “masses” for some of her “parishioners” in the basement of a local home and went on to describe the various altars she has set up for a whole host of “goddesses”, and proceeded to name them! YIKES! I have nothing against Wiccans, and I enjoy “skyclad” priestesses even more than the next guy, but really? Shouldn’t there be some oversight as to what is being presented as “Roman Catholic”? Should we care?
“I myself have found other forms of spiritual expression helpful to me”
I am reminded of something very early on in the book “The Purpose Driven Life.” The author says that worship and religion are not to make US feel good about God, but to make God feel good about US.
Granted, even suffering gives comfort to the devout soul, but that isn’t the purpose of suffering–it’s make us better Christians. Any good feeling we get as a result of faith is wonderful, but if we change our worship to make ourselves feel better, we are putting ourselves before God. It is no longer worship but therapy.
I recently returned to the Church because the Catholic Church has been recording, analyzing, and promoting the best practices in Christianity for 2000 years. Whatever I make up on my own is based on, at best, 40 years of not-so-brilliant thinking. I trust the Church to guide my spiritual development more than I trust anything that’s been around a couple of years.
Pingback: Catholic Pillow Fight
Elizabeth Scalia is a Benedictine Oblate and the Managing Editor of the Catholic Portal at Patheos. She is an award-winning writer and a regularly-featured columnist at [Read More...]
Rosary; The Joyful Mysteries
Rosary; The Sorrowful Mysteries
Rosary; The Glorious Mysteries
Rosary; The Luminous Mysteries
Compline for 7 Nights
Litany Sacred Heart Jesus
Treasury of Catholic Prayers
Why I Remain a Catholic
Follow Patheos on