My Dear Friends in Christ,
It has come to my attention, from a devout parishioner, that there will be a master tarot reader, medium and Reiki masterat a local salon in Flemington. Going to mediums, fortune tellers and playing with Ouija boards are a direct opposition toour faith and a grave matter for confession. As your pastor, I would be remiss not to warn of the severity of such athing. Please pray for the conversion of this medium who is attempting to contact the dead and that the salon would decline to sponsor this event. The Pontifical Committee on Family has warned us that Reiki is not a practice that we shouldas Catholics be participating in. As Catholics, we pray for the dead, that they rest in peace, that their time in purgatory isshort. We do not conjure up their spirits.
"The U.S. bishops have published a new evaluation of the Reiki therapy. Calling the Japanese form of alternative medicine comparable to "superstition," the evaluation describes its practice as being without support in Christian belief, unscientific and inappropriate for Catholics." "For Christians the access to divine healing is by prayer to Christ as Lord and Savior, while the essence of Reiki is not a prayer but a technique that is passed down from the 'Reiki Master' to the pupil, a technique that once mastered will reliably produce the anticipated results.
Sacred Scripture condemns all sorts of occultism. It violates the First Commandment, "I am the Lord Your God, you shall have not any strange gods before me." Here are some of the scripture references; Exodus 22:18, Deuteronomy 18:9-12, Galatians 5:19-21, and Revelation 21:8 to mention a few.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church deals with the violation of the first commandment, specifically fortune tellers in paragraph 2116. It states: "All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to 'unveil' the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect and loving fear that we owe to God alone."
Let us pray to Almighty God through the intercession of Our Lady, who constantly shows us the way back to her Son, that we may remain steadfast in our faith, and strong in our witness to Christ our Lord.