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Who Do You Say That I Am?

In 15 Audio on 2014/08/08 at 12:00 AM

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. uses Biblical teaching to dissect the New Age Movement and expose its flaws, faults and deceptions.

Who Do You Say I Am?

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Inside The Brain 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Brain research is one of the most important influences in the New Age movement. The New Agers are interested in the split brain phenomena and Fr. Pacwa takes a look at this. Each side of the brain controls something. They view the brain as in a struggle but it is working together.


The Power In A Brain 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Fr. Pacwa talks about a few concerns that he has with the New Age movement. one of the things the movement would like us to do is to move from the left side of the brain to the right side. They consider the left side to be the enemy that limits what we can do and Fr. Pacwa explains why this is wrong. He says that one of their ways that we move from the left to the right side is through the use of psychedelic drugs like LSD, magic mushrooms, etc. However they don’t condone drugs like cocaine and alcoholism.


Meditation Control 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Fr. Pacwa takes a look at the other ramifications of the division of the brain. He talks about meditation in the New Age movement. He talks about the way that some New Agers use to meditate like psychotechologies and yoga and what is wrong with yoga. He also takes a look at Christian spirituality and how Christianity is to be lived. He says that we should be defined as a deep relation with Good.


New Age Physics 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Before we can understand their practices, we need to understand their basic philosophy. Fr. Pacwa takes a look at how physics have taken an effect on New Age perspective and also research on the brain. The New Age physics teaches us that everything is energy. It’s the new paradigm shift that supports pantheism and monism. New Age physics rejects Newton and the Jewish and Christian understanding of God. God is cut off from creation therefore creation is no longer sacred.


Beginning Of New Age Part 1 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Fr. Pacwa talks about the New Age movement as it is seen in the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world and gives a history of the movement. . He addresses it by using Scriptures. He looks at what they believe in and where they came from. He also talks about where they came from, why they exist, and how we can deal with them. He then looks at Zen and oriental religion and how they are sources for the New Age movement.


Beginning Of New Age Part 2 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Fr. Pacwa looks more into the roots of the New Age movement in this country and what started it. He then moves on to look at how it is a twisted perversion of Christianity and the Christian experience. He also looks at movements like the great awakening and the spiritualistic movement which led to the New Age movement but aren’t part of the New Age movement.


Eastern Religion And New Age 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Fr. Pacwa looks at how the New Age movement was influenced by Indian beliefs and eastern religions. He talks about early Hinduism and the development of reincarnation and beliefs of how it works. He then looks at what they believe about Karma and how it works. There are similarities and differences between the New Age movement’s views on karma and what the Hindus views are and Fr. Pacwa looks at them.


Trance Channeled Spirits 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Trance Channeled Spiriting is allowing spirits to take over another person within them while the person is in a trance. There are scripture references about trance channlers and we are forbidden to see them. We should not trust them and Fr. Pacwa explains why. Fr. Pacwa looks at the writings of the first trance channler Edgar Casey and his follower Ruth Montgomery.


A New Way Of Thinking 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Why are people involved in the New Age movement? Fr. Pacwa says that they are motivated by the search for meaning. For many of them the normal sources of authority has lost its authority. They like to question everything. He looks at why the believe that everything can be considered to be a god. They believe that everything physical is just an illusion. It is your mind that creates the stars. If you develop your mind/conscience more, you’ll be able to create more powerful things. They think all the world and everything that is physical in it is just an illusion. He also looks at why they have turned away from the church.


New Age Physics 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



False Christ In The New Age 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Fr. Pacwa takes a look at what the New Agers teach about who Christ was and how their views are wrong. Some people may get the wrong ideas about Christ and the church. Jesus warned us to watch out for false prophets. New Agers believe that we are all Christs. We are not to receive another Christ. He looks at what the nature of their views are on the crucifixion and the resurrection and gives scripture references to rebuke the New Agers views on Christ.


False Teaching About Christ 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Fr. Pacwa looks at the different false teachings about Christ. He uses scripture references that refers to Christ and deals with Christ. Many people have wrong ideas about Christ, God, and the Church. Some New Agers believe that Christ isn’t really God. He looks at some of the things that the New Age movement teaches and how we can respond to them.


Reincarnation And Christ Part 1 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Fr. Pacwa looks at Edgar Casey’s views on Christ being reincarnated and then he looks at what the Bible teaches about reincarnation. He also takes a look at who they twist the New Testament to make it appear that the verses support their views such as reincarnation. Fr. Pacwa reviews these passages and goes through others to show why the Bible doesn’t support their views.


Reincarnation And Christ Part 2 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Fr. Pacwa takes a look at why we are against reincarnation and he uses scriptures to support it. He goes over a few passages the New Agers might use from the New Testament and shows why they are wrong in their beliefs. He also explains deja vu and what the views are on out of body experiences. New Agers believe that your karma will determine what you will come back as in your next life and Fr. Pacwa takes a look at what it means.



Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


This area is one that is important to discuss. Fr. Pacwa looks at karma and what how does it work. There are many issues that have to be dealt with karma. What does right and wrong mean. They tend not to believe in right and wrong. The difference between good and evil is an illusion you make. They believe that sine we are gods we can make our own commandments. He looks for scriptures for motives to be good.


Astronomy And Astrology 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


The only relationship there is between astronomy and astrology is that they are interested in stars. He talks about what the differences between the two are. He also talks about some experiments that were done to prove that astrology is false and can’t predict what a person is going to be like. There are some scientific problems with it and they take a look at what the problems are. People may talk about what their sign is and Fr. Pacwa takes a look at what they are talking about.


What The New Age Teaches Power 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



The Problem With The Zodiac 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Astrology has their roots earlier than the New Age movement but it’s a big part in the New Age movement. Fr. Pacwa looks at the history of astrology and how it works. He says that it’s a cheap way to characterize people to think they know what others are like. He looks at how Isiah condemns astrology. He also talks about some problems that are facing astrologers such as the charts were made when there were only six planets. They talk about how there is no relation between the moon phase and the events that result.


Quest For Power 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.



The Search For Inner Peace 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


We live in a very stressful society and Fr. Pacwa says that people get into the New Age stuff in order to relax. One of the things people that people have done to relax is to try transcendental meditation. He talks about the history of transcendental meditation and how it got started. He also looks at what they are teaching people to do. There are many problems with the meditation and Fr. Pacwa looks and explains what is the matter with it.


The Coming Of The New Age 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


The New Agers believe that there is a New Age coming and Fr. Pacwa looks at what they are talking about and what this New Age will be like and how some believe it will occur. The New Age that they are talking about is the age of Aquarius. There is confusion about it. Not all New Agers believe in how it will come about. Fr. Pacwa looks at how some believe that it will just evolve and how others believe a catastrophe that can’t be avoided will result in the New Age.


Ecology And The New Age 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Fr. Pacwa looks at what types of position Christians should have towards the environment. Environmentalism is not just a New Age movement concern. He looks at the New Age views on ecology. Ecological problems are foundational and shared by all nations. He looks at who are our ecological neighbors.



Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Fr. Pacwa takes a look at crystals and crystals enlightenment which he considers to be the weird part of the New Age movement. He talks about the history of crystals and how they took beauty a step farther. Crystals are good to look at but some people believe that they can get energy from them. He also looks at the kind of crystals and how they work.


Personality Types 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Fr. Pacwa takes a look at some of the ways that the New Agers use to understand personality. He looks a common way they do it by using personality types. They are strengths and weaknesses to it and Fr. Pacwa takes a look at it. He then moves on to look at what are eneagrams and the difficulties that he has with them. He says that it has been mythologized.


A Message From Outer Space 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


Fr. Pacwa takes a look at the interest of UFO’s and ET’s and why it’s popular in the New Age movement. It seems that anytime people who live in other societies other than our own who come up with something great, it must be the result of space people. He also looks into the weird views they have about how personality changes. You have something you can’t explain and you’ll come up with a theory to explain it.


Evangelizing The New Age 

Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.


There are different levels of involvement in the New Age movement from those who may see a physic to the hard core New Agers who believe in the movement. Fr. Pacwa looks at these types of people and how we should go about responding to them. Not all New Agers are wackos. There is a wide range of people in the movement. We have to be careful not to be judgmental. Fr. Pacwa gives advice on what to do and he recommends some books to read about Catholic Theology and books to read about the New Age movement.

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The Logic of God Is Different From the Logic of Man

In 06 Scripture & Theology on 2013/02/28 at 11:11 AM

Pope Benedict commented on today’s Gospel reading from St. Mark in which “Jesus began to speak openly about what would happen to Him at the end. … It is clear that a great interior distance separates Jesus and His disciples. They are, so to speak, on two different wave lengths, and so the words of the Master are either not understood, or understood only superficially”.

For example, the Holy Father went on, “the Apostle Peter, after having shown his faith in Jesus, reproved Him because He predicted that He would be rejected and killed”. In their turn the disciples, following the second announcement of the Passion, “began discussing which of them was greatest”. Finally, following the third announcement “James and John asked Jesus to be allowed to sit at His right and left hand when He was in glory.

“But there are several other signs of this distance”, Benedict XVI added, “for example, the disciples were unable to heal an epileptic boy, whom Jesus later healed with the power of prayer. Moreover, certain children were presented to Jesus, the disciples reproved them but Jesus was indignant and insisted they stay, affirming that only those like unto children can enter the Kingdom of God”.

All this, the Holy Father explained, “reminds us that God’s logic is always “other” with respect to our own. … For this reason, following the Lord always requires a profound conversion on the part of man, a change in his or her way of thinking and living. It requires an openness of heart, in order to listen and allow oneself to be enlightened and transformed from within. A key point in which God and man are different is pride: God has no pride, because He is absolute fullness, and is completely given to love and the giving of life. In us, on the other hand, pride is deeply rooted and requires constant vigilance and purification. We, who are small, desire to appear great, to be the first, while God does not fear to humble Himself and make Himself the last”.

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Right Thinking About Thinking

In 14 Book Corner on 2011/06/29 at 8:53 AM

Mortimer Adler was a philosopher and teacher who taught at the University of Chicago.  He set up the GREAT BOOKS series.

Here follow some of his thoughts from his book on ARISTOTLE FOR EVERYONE.  You might find some of his comments interesting and worthwhile.  They are not difficult for the average person to understand and can come in quite handy in dealing with our realities today.  At most, these excerpts will serve as a refresher of how you think in an age where thinking is becoming a rarity.

Definition of common sense: the notions that we have formed as a result of the common experiences we have in the course of our daily lives.

Personal prejudice: things we hold to be simply true because we want to believe them.  We have no rational grounds for believing them.  Instead, we are emotionally attached to them.

Prescriptive statements: order what you or I ought to do.

Thinking begins by asking WHY?  Ideas are the product of the mind’s activity in its effort to understand the world we experience through our senses.

Ideas are the raw materials out of which the mind forms judgments in which something is affirmed or denied.

Humans ask general questions and seek answers by observation and thought.

Thinking begins with the formation of ideas on the basis of information received by our senses.

Sensation: input form the exterior; ideas: output of the mind.

Thinking goes further; it RELATES the ideas it produces, joins, separates, sets one against another.

Reasoning or inference: only when one statement become the basis for asserting of denying another statement does the mind move up to the level of thought.  At this level, thinking involves giving reason for what we think: True or False? Logical or Illogical?

When a pair of contradictory statements are contradictory, both cannot be true, no both false.  One must be true and the other false.

When our answers do not consist of knowledge, they are just opinions.  The opinions we hold may be supported by reason or observation or without such support.

Productive thinking is thinking about things to be made.  Practical thinking, in contrast, is thinking about what is to be done.

Moral virtue is the habit  of making right choices.  The virtuous person is on who makes the right choices regularly,  time and time again, although not necessarily every single time.  Persons who are not temperate injure themselves by habitually making wrong choices.

Man (the rational thinking being) is as maker concerned with beauty; as doer he is concerned with good and evil; as knower he is concerned with truth.