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Is Yoga Incompatible with Catholicism?

Posted on Aug 02 , 2013 in Catechism

Is Yoga Incompatible with Catholicism?

YES, Yoga ignores the reality of God. God is a personal Being; he is love and the origin of life, not some cold cosmic energy. Man was willed and created by God, but man himself is not divine; rather, he is a creature that is wounded by sin, threatened by death, and in need of redemption. Whereas most proponents of esotericism assume that man can redeem himself, Christians believe that only Jesus Christ and God’s grace redeem them. Nor are nature and the cosmos God (pantheism). Rather, the Creator, even though he loves us immensely, is infinitely greater and unlike anything he has created.

The use of yoga as a spiritual path is highly problematic. There are three major areas in which the spiritual practice of yoga is not in line with Catholic spirituality. (source)

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Can people be forced to believe in God?

Posted on Jul 26 , 2013 in Catechism

Can people be forced to believe in God?

 

No. No one may force others to believe, not even one’s own children, just as no one may be forced to be an unbeliever. A person can make the decision to believe only in complete freedom. Christians, however, are called to help other people, by word and example, to find the way to faith.

Pope John Paul II said, “Proclaiming Christ and bearing witness to him, when done in a way that respects consciences, does not violate freedom. Faith demands a free adherence on the part of man, but at the same time faith must also be offered to him” (Encyclical Redemptoris missio, 1990, no. 8).

“You shall not have strange Gods before me.” What does that mean?

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The First Commandment

Posted on Jul 19 , 2013 in Catechism

The First Commandment

 

The First Commandment: I am the Lord, your God. You shall not have strange Gods before me.

What is the meaning of the commandment, “I am the Lord, your God” (Ex 20:2)?

Because the Almighty has revealed himself to us as our God and Lord, we must not place anything above him or consider anything more important or give any other thing or person priority over him. To know God and to serve and worship him has absolute priority in our life.

God expects us to give him our full faith; we should place all our hope in him and direct all the strength of our love toward him. The commandment to love God is the most important of all commandments and the key to all the others. That is why it stands at the beginning of the Ten Commandments.

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“Teacher, what … must I do to have eternal life?” (Mt 19:16)

Posted on Jul 12 , 2013 in Catechism

“Teacher, what … must I do to have eternal life?” (Mt 19:16)

 

Jesus says, “If you would enter life, keep the commandments” (Mt 19:17). Then he adds, “and come, follow me” (Mt 19:21).  Christianity is more than a correct life and keeping the commandments. Being a Christian is a living relationship to Jesus. A Christian unites himself deeply and personally with the Lord and with him sets out on the way that leads to true life.

What are the Ten Commandments?

1. I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange Gods before me.

2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s day (Sabbath).

4. Honor your father and your mother.

5. You shall not kill.

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What are the “Five Precepts of the Church”?

Posted on Jul 05 , 2013 in Catechism

What are the “Five Precepts of the Church”?

 

(1) You shall attend Mass on Sunday and holy days of obligation and abstain from work or activities that offend against the character of the day. (2) You shall receive the sacrament of Penance at least once a year. (3) You shall receive the Eucharist at least during the Easter season. (4) You shall observe the prescribed seasons of fasting and days of abstinence (Ash Wednesday and Good Friday). (5) You shall contribute to the material support of the Church.

What is the purpose of the precepts of the Church, and how binding are they?