Speaking of new age nuns, a reader sent me the following story.
When Sister Teresina Grasso performs a laying on of hands, she draws on the Japanese healing practice called Reiki. Reiki is rooted in the idea that, through touch, a practitioner can unblock the body’s energy to help a person relax, relieve pain and promote healing.
In a dimly lit room in St. Celestine Parish, Sister Grasso made wide, sweeping motions over a fellow sister lying on a cot.
Sister Teresina Grasso feels for the chakras, or energy fields, over Sister Regina Gallo, during a Reiki massage demonstration June 26 at St. Celestine Parish.
She explained that she must "test the aura" or the energy around a person before a treatment.
"This is probably the most hokey-pokey part of the treatment," she joked to the dozen people watching the Reiki treatment demonstration.
The alternative healing technique might raise some eyebrows, but Sister Grasso assured, "It’s not magic. We’re not expecting miracle cures."
Reiki is not an alternative to Western medicine, she said, but this technique is effective in conjunction with mainstream medical practices.
…Sister Grasso also runs a regular Reiki clinic at the parish, where more Reiki practitioners are on-hand to perform treatments.
Reiki comes from "Rei" – universal and Ki – "Life force" and is a form of pantheism. Or as I have said before when it comes to nuns doing this it is a form of "pantsuitheism."
Besides being spiritually dangerous Reiki has also been discredited scientifically. Practices will often refer to a study done that shows it effectiveness, but this study was thoroughly debunked and discredited for the methods used. This type of spiritually dangerous crap needs to be thoroughly routed out of out retreat centers, Catholics hospitals, and parishes. The who underpinning of Reiki is not not consonant with Catholic spirituality and attempts to Christianize this "life force"as the Holy Spirit is totally mistaken. Another misleading factor is the use of the laying on of hands as if you were performing a quasi-sacrament.
How many received Reiki instead of the Anointing of the Sick? What we have here is spiritual malpractice where Eastern mysticism is substituted for the truths of the faith and users are deprived of grace via the sacraments.
Fr. Pacwa who has become an expert on the "New Age" was instrumental in the writing of the document put out by the Vatican called Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life: A Christian reflection
on the “New Age” and this document discusses Reiki like "psychic healing" and other prevalent practices.