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Can I Trust Fr Anthony de Mello, SJ? Update (Part II of II)


This past week I ran into a man from India and I asked him about the popularity of the writings of Fr. Anthony de Mello in India. His answer was a bit distressing so I decided to offer a second post that contains more insight from Pope Benedict the XVI on de Mello’s writings (he was Cardinal Ratzinger when he wrote what you will find below).  What you will find below are two things: The original warning issued by the Congregation... Read More

Spiritual Warfare and Demonology Posts (and Their Links) By Various Authors on

January 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Demonology, Occult, Spiritual Warfare


A Comprehensive List of Spiritual Warfare and Demonology Posts (and their Links) by Various Authors on POSTS BY VARIOUS AUTHORS:   Posts by Father John Bartunek: Spiritual Warfare and Demonology Introduction to Spiritual Warfare – Part I Introduction to Spiritual Warfare  – Part II Introduction to Spiritual Warfare  – Part III – What is the devil up to? Introduction to Spiritual Warfare ... Read More

Living the Miraculous in a Time of Magic

November 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Healing, New Age


Catholic in the New Age: Counsels and Resources to Live the Miraculous in a Time of Magic The Avila Institute’s School of Spiritual Formation is excited to announce a new course, Catholic in the New Age: Counsels and Resources to Live the Miraculous in a Time of Magic, being offered beginning in January, 2016. This course will compare and contrast key aspects of Christianity in comparison with the New Age religion. The... Read More

Centering Prayer’s Misunderstanding of Contemplation

October 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Books, Centering Prayer, Connie Rossini, New Age, Prayer


Centering Prayer’s Misunderstanding of Contemplation The following is an excerpt from Connie’s new book Is Centering Prayer Catholic? Fr. Thomas Keating Meets Teresa of Ávila and the CDF. This excerpt comprises Chapter Five: The Nature of Contemplation.   Fr. Keating writes, “Contemplation is a fundamental constituent of human nature and hence available to every human being.”[1] This is a serious error. It... Read More

Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating?

September 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Centering Prayer, Connie Rossini, New Age


Can I Trust Father Thomas Keating? “Open Mind, Open Heart” Book Review Trappist Abbot Thomas Keating is one of the foremost promoters of the practice of Centering Prayer. His book Open Mind, Open Heart, first published in 1986, has sold over half a million copies. Is this book a good resource for growth in prayer? Can I trust Fr. Thomas Keating as a guide to the spiritual life? In this post we’ll take an in-depth... Read More

Can I Trust a Spiritual Director who Uses the Enneagram?

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Dear Dan, I recently began a new relationship with a spiritual director who claimed to be committed to the teachings of the Church. She is a local Benedictine sister who is very nice and seems to be sincere. However, in our second session she asked if I would be interested in using an ancient tool of spiritual wisdom known as the enneagram to help me in my spiritual progress. I recall reading about this tool in a Vatican document... Read More

Unraveling Yoga Madness

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Unraveling Yoga Madness Dan and Melissa discuss concerns and questions that surfaced in response to last week’s episode where we explored several approaches and beliefs about Yoga along with recommended resources. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Clarification of listener concerns with Demon Possessed through Yoga? episode. Is yoga a “gateway spirituality”? Are there good, healthy Catholic alternatives... Read More

Demon Possessed Through Yoga? – Divine Intimacy Radio

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Demon Possessed through Yoga?   A caller asked about the practice of yoga and its link to potential demonic activity. Dan and Melissa discuss a Catholic perspective on yoga, including the opinions of an exorcist and theologians. They also provide suggestions on alternatives to yoga for faithful Catholics. Show notes: Fr. Fortea, an exorcist and expert on possession, says that if you do not have the intent for a malevolent... Read More

Catholicism and Buddhism – Clearing Up the Confusion

February 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Buddhism & Zen, Can I Trust?, Dan Burke


There is much confusion and misinformation in our time regarding the compatibility of Buddhism and Catholicism. Dr. Clark is both a faithful Catholic and a Chinese scholar (he reads Chinese fluently), his work is well researched, solid, trustworthy, and charitable. Joined with Carl Olson, an excellent theologian, there is no better combination of authors to shed light on this important topic. We are grateful for their efforts... Read More

Can I Trust Thomas Merton? (Part II of II)

February 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Can I Trust?, Dan Burke, New Age

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Some time ago a reader asked if we recommend Thomas Merton’s work. We answered that question through the insights of a scholar of Asian history, a man who is fluent in Chinese language and culture and who understands Buddhism from a vantage point unavailable to most in the West. The scholar’s name is Dr. Anthony Clark. Here’s the link to my comments and his earlier treatment of this topic: Can I Trust Thomas Merton... Read More

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