Tagged: Spirituality

Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life: A Christian reflection on the “New Age”

This official text of the Catholic Church on New Age movement is the result of a six-year study on the New Age movement. It was published in 2003, and is critical of the movement. The Vatican theologians consider New Age philosophies to be based on “weak thought” and highlight the differences between Catholic thought and the New Age paradigms. The Vatican wants to warn Catholics against mixing Christian meditation with Eastern approaches to spirituality. The document also discusses the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, which it characterizes as “a paradigm for our engagement with truth”. The document concludes that “..there is never...

The Message of Jesus

During the Fall of 2015,  I was teaching a class on mysticism, and the question was raised, what are the central teachings of Jesus? Is Jesus a mystic? What are the ingredients for a genuine Christian life? These questions are important because one cannot claim to be Christian and at the same time ignore the examples set by the life of Jesus. It is not enough to proclaim that “Jesus saved me and will save you” in order to be a true Christian, despite  the claim that salvation occurs through faith alone. What are the central teachings of Jesus, and what are...