My blogging colleague at Harvesting The Fruit, headquartered in Baltimore, posted about a tai chi workshop being hosted by the Sisters of Bon Secours in Marriottville, MD. I will divert from the topic of this post for a few moments to comment on this so-called "retreat center", starting with some personal experience. About 10 years ago, a pro-life group with which I was affiliated had a day-long retreat/conference. This Bon Secours place was booked; unbeknownst to us, it was even then a new-age haunt. I arrived late for the meeting and rushed in, not paying attention to my surroundings. Only after the meeting ended did we look around and noticed the literature rack by the front door, loaded with pamphlets that extolled the wonders of ashrams and crystals. Needless to say, our eyes were opened. They were opened even further as we walked to our cars and noticed the labyrinth to the side. We each made a Sign of the Cross. Our first trip to Bon Secours was also our last.
Let's take a virtual tour of Bon Secours, shall we? To their dubious credit, they make no bones about being a de facto witches' coven. At their main page you can see to the right the tai chi session. Go to the events page and scroll down till you see the "soulcollage" thing. The whole idea of this thing revolves around the
Now check out the "grounds and meditation" tab. We've touched a bit on the labyrinth so why not visit the "peace garden"? Well, one reason not to visit is that they call it "zen-type". It even comes with a "peace pole"! That is a new one on me. Until an hour ago, I never heard of a "peace pole". Look - if you really want a prayerful garden, go to the grotto at Mt. St Mary's in Emmitsburg. There you'll find a garden with mosaics of the Stations of the Cross, the Mysteries of the Rosary AND a chapel with the Blessed Sacrament reposed. Why waste time in a place filled with symbols of idolatry - and most likely worse?
And to this snake-pit the Archdiocese of Baltimore refers Catholics? But wait! We're not done yet! It gets worse!
Tai-chi poison is being spread in a Catholic church in Baltimore!
Again, with the Catholic Review singing its praises, we read an account of it at St Dominic's church in Baltimore. The aged
For two thousand years the Roman Catholic Church has preached the way to true healing. Our Lord Jesus Christ has given to us His Sacraments. Confession and Holy Communion are the two to which we can and should frequently resort. Of course that involves repentance and conforming our lives with His Word. Around that there is no short-cut; all other gimmicks are false and will lead to hell. Shed the gimmicks and stay with Christ and His Church.