In this world where science and reason reign as twin demi-gods, there is curiously a sizeable portion of intelligent Catholics being lured into the new age lair. There’s no shortage of articulate theologians and apologists, what with Catholic publishers and websites swamping us with brilliant Catholic writers. Yet the baffling mystery of Catholics with one foot in the new age and the other in Church, remains.
I’ll solve that riddle by parting the cobwebs of the new age skeletons in my closet.
As a teenager, dabbling in Ouija Boards and fortune telling cards was part and parcel of hocus focus fun. However, the new age charm tugged fiercely when I was in college and law school. Astral travel in psychology classes and field trips to occultists’ caves and gushing waterfalls were enticing alternatives to required classes on Theology, philosophy, business and legal cases. There was always enough room in my bookshelf to squeeze in Deepak Chopra, Paolo Coelho, and “The Celestine Prophecy” beside the Enneagram. Enya caterwauled with a tape on hypnosis on discovering my former life and regular Zen meditation sessions. If yoga had been peddled on every street corner as it is now, I would have signed up for some twisty poses.
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*With special thanks to Nancy Shuman @Breadbox Letters for providing me with my theme for this month's article.