Br. Gabriel Hüger Sam. FLUHM
Accompanying Texts to his Lectures
CHARISM OR MEDIALITY?
The Difficulty of Discernment
This text has been examined by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, and he confirmed: The text is correct. He said that it was important to deal with this topic, as a lot of mischief is done in this field.
The Big Danger of Mediality
Many of us are well informed about spiritual healers, shamans, spiritists, Reiki-masters and other healers and avoid them. But there is another field, where we should be careful by all means. It is MEDIALITY. It often works in secret under the guise of pious healers or wrong visionaries. Many yield to its deceptions out of ignorance. Here, the word of Jesus holds true:
“Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ’The time is near.’ Do not follow them. “ (Lk 21:8)
Many seek first contact with such media to become healthier or more concentrated, to have more success at school or in business. Others naively believe that Jesus or Mary speak through them and follow them blindly. Others consult them because they apparently work miracles und can see hidden things.
“Those who have little experience with occultism and magic, with media and spiritism, are often virtually hooked by such miracle workers.... All other religions agree with mediumistic processes; only Christian faith strongly opposes it. Those who have resorted to fortune-telling, magic or spiritism in their life, find it extremely hard to convert to Christ. He cannot get through to peace and certainty of salvation. If he was a Christian before, a rime and a ban will lie over his life of faith. “
(Fr. Anton Beda)
Look closely: W H O speaks or heals?
Testimony by Fr. Joseph-Marie Verlinde (excerpt)
Jacques Verlinde studied transcendental meditation techniques with a guru in Spain. He became his private secretary and deeply delved into hinduism. He learned everything about the theory and practice of meditation, mastered the postures and breathing techniques of Yoga. In these exercises, the individual consciousness is dissolved. Yet he was repeatedly frightened by this fascinating, but eventually desolate emptiness, which he experienced in doing so.
It was not only this emptiness that triggered restlessness in him. With his guru he came across dying persons in the street, who urgently needed help. But they were simply not paid attention. His guru said to him, “Come, let him be, it is about his karma. “ As an explanation he was told that these people had come into misery because of previous bad deeds and that they were now paying a “karmic toll“. Who helps them prevents them from experiencing their painful karma in the present life. “Everyone ulitmately is on his way to self-deliverance“, the idea says.
Eventually he met a Christian who made his hinduistic universe collapse. This person asked him, “And who is Jesus Christ now for you? “ Only now Verlinde felt all the misery of his life and for him it was as if Jesus had asked him without reproach or reprimand, “How much longer do you want to keep me waiting? “ Verlinde cried tears of repentence about this betrayal and was already back to Europe 24 hours later.
He humbly talked about the serious mistake which he made immediately upon his return back home: “As of this moment, I attended Holy Mass daily, went to adoration, also went for confession – but rather superficially, prayed the rosary, but did not have the humility to return into the bosom of the Church by truly confiding myself to a priest. I was not aware of the consequences of my action either, particularly the initiation rites. Even though I could have experienced the spiritual healing which I needed so much in the Church, to get out of the mediumistic condition, in which I still was despite my conversion. Thus, I became easy prey for a sect (Rosicrucians), which referred to the name of Jesus but at the same time spoke of karma, energy and reincarnation. This was what I was interested in, I was on familiar territory. “
The leaders of this sect quickly realised that Verlinde was open to occult powers because of all the exercises he had done in India. They explained to him, “Listen, you have received gifts from God. You must put yourself at the service of your neighbour.“ – Verlinde said “ I, fully naive, got involved... I saw what people lacked, I was a sort of clairvoyant. And when I laid my hand on someone, he immediately felt better. So I also was a healer... But soon I could read the thoughts of people. After a very short time I had so many occult skills.“
When he was worried that it could be demons, the leader explained him that it was “healing angels“ who gave him those skills. But after a short while this “healing angel“ revealed himself during a Holy Mass. He hears this angel speak blasphemies (sacrileges). Immediately he spoke to a priest who as an exorcist of the diocese was well versed in this. Prayers of deliverance were initiated for him over a longer time, until he was delivered. Verlinde said, “this time was one of the toughest in my life. On the other hand, it was also a time of grace, in which I was allowed to internally participate in this spiritual battle between darkness and light. “
Verlinde stresses, “The spirits which sneak into the life of media but also into the lives of those who consult them, generate serious spiritual, mental, emotional and physical problems. The “healings“ only shift the symptoms, which often entail worse problems at a different level. Then, only prayers of deliverance help to break the bonds.
On the Discernment of the Spirits (according to Fr. Anton Beda)
How do I now discern if I am faced with a medium or a servant of God? What is the difference between a Saint and a medium?
The only MEDIATOR of all graces and miracles is Jesus Christ Himself, through whose cross and blood we receive redemption and salvation.
“The devil, in order to become active in the visible world, from which he is excluded by his spirit nature, always needs a MEDIATION which opens the door to him. The key to this door is the freedom of man (to sin). Because of this, the manifestations of the power of the evil usually require the involvement of a medium, a mediator. “ (Corrado Balducci)
So be careful! Satan often pretends to be a good ANGEL OF LIGHT: “For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. “
“Those who consult such healers or clairvoyants come under the influence of Satan. Also acupuncture in most cases is mediumistic healing“ (Fr. Anton Beda). Healers are often very friendly and masters of lie, as is the angel of light. Therefore absolute caution is required! Healers are no healers but fake healers. Their work, as already mentioned, often only shifts the symptoms.
Criteria of Discernment
As a help to discern real experiences of the Holy Spirit from the works of the evil spirit, the Holy Scripture mentions three characteristics:1st Criterion: The confession of Jesus Christ who leads us to the Father: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.“ (1 Jn 4:1-2)
2nd Criterion: The Holy Spirit works the unity and the building up of the body of Christ.
3rd Criterion: The Holy Spirit works as fruit: “... love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.“ (Gal 5:22-23)
1. The Teaching of the Healer/Visionary
2. The Life of the Person of the Healer/Visionary
San Francesco – Fresco of an Exorcism (Montefalco/Umbria)
3. The Impact (Consequences)
4. Accompanying Symptoms (The Way the Spirit Is Manifested)
5. The Priority (What is the Centre of Faith?)
6. The Origin (Source, Trigger)
Origin and Trigger of Mediality (According to Fr. Anton Beda)
“The word ‘medial‘ comes from Latin ‘medius‘ – middle, lying in between, mediating. Mediality is the characteristic of a person who posseses such mediating skills between the unknown and the known. One may also put it extremely by saying that such a person is a medium between the invisible and the visible. “ (Dr. Kurt Koch)
Is the Possession of Inherited Mediumistic Abilities Already a Sin? (acc. to Fr. Paolo Carlin)
The possession of mediumistic abilities as such is not a sin. But to whom who uses and practises them they will become guilt. The more one uses them, the stronger they will become in number and intensity. This may entail strong spiritual burdens and diseases with oneself or in the life of the children or grandchildren.
The possesion of them is a power sent by the evil to emphasize one’s own ego. They lead to a thinking that one is strong by oneself. In this way, one removes oneself from the spirit of the gospel. One should always mistrust such a power which makes oneself feel strong by oneself. It is bad when someone discovers such abilities and thinks that they are charismatic gifts.
One may very quickly be delivered from such a mediality by renouncing it in the name of Jesus and by no longer using it.
Mediality or Charismatic Gift?
“Gifts“ of Mediality
Manifestations founded on and worked through mediumistic abilities are: rod sensitivity, pendulum reaction, ability of prophetic dreams and the second sight, gifts of clairvoyance, psychic abilities, ability of trance, hypnosis, mental suggestion, magnetic healing powers, spiritistic healings and operations, telepathy.
Further forms of occult mediality are: spiritistic visions, table moving, glass moving, automatic writing, excursion of the soul, out-of-body-experience, materialisations, transfigurations, translocations, apparitions and disapparitions, levitations, attack and defense magic and many other things.
Correct Exercise of Charismatic Gifts (according to Fr. Hans Buob SAC)
The charisms of healing referred to by St. Paul (compare 1 Cor:12) are given to us by the Holy Spirit so that we bring about the healing through the grace of Jesus, i.e. a physical or an inner, mental healing and a spiritual healing which results in a deliverance from certain occult obsessions or bonds and from evil spirits.
Fr. Buob writes about his observation: ”When someone... can resort to helpers who have the charism of discernment, on the one hand, this is a great help, but on the other, I would also like to draw attention to a danger I have already succumbed to myself. There are people who pray for someone who has not given them the permission to do so, and who communicate “insights“. This is about people who have converted and now think that their charism has been purified and is true because of their conversion. Here, it is necessary to wait until these persons have been purified by Christ in the whole depth of their lives.... Contrary to this, it is extremely helpful to have someone as a priest who has this described charism. But in any case it is decisive that the leadership is in the hands of the priest. The person equipped with the charism – this is my principle – only prays when he has been mandated and authorised by the priest to do so. This gift of discernment must by all means be placed under obedience because it works through the sensual and, as is known, the demons may also act through it. .... The person who has such a gift particularly needs to be protected, and in his case, obedience is the best protection – apart from the protection by the Blood of the Lamb, which was also shed in obedience.“
Mediality or Real Visionary?
False visionaries (media) – allegedly see Jesus, Mary or the Saints..... The medium hears the voice of Jesus and reveals himself through wrong statements which are not in line with the teaching of the gospel and the Catholic Church (as for example:“The time of mercy is over. Jesus goes underground. “ Or: “Who does not believe in this private revelation will be damned. Says the Lord, the Almighty! “). Media use the authority of jesus or Mary without any examination by the Church and convey messages to people such as: “Jesus tells you... . “ Those direct prophecies resp. promises, which are frequently linked to conditions, may often put the addressees under pressure and be an impediment to the peace of the soul; in most cases they are a sign of inspirations from the false side.
Real visionaries subject themselves to the examination of the Church and subordinate themselves in obedience (as for example St.Padre Pio). They do not form a new sect and do not instigate against the Pope. Roughly outlined: Conditions for real messages or visions (which e.g. may also be given in the Holy Spirit by the priest in the confession) are always the edification in one’s personal discipleship of Christ within and with the Church (therefore the community of the faithful, i.e. not in separation resp. in elitist, secret circles), guidance to the regular reception of sacraments taking into consideration the free will of the person, as well as the absence of human, selfish aims, which build upon preferential treatment, isolation or injustice.
Mediality or Real Miracle?
Media Make Use of Methods to Pretend Miracles
Miracles That Come from Heaven
Mediality or Real Deliverance from Curses?
Harmonisers – Cleansers – Exorcists
The Authority of Christ Through the Priestly Blessing
Mediality or Salvation through Jesus Christ?
Mediality in Educational Institutions, Seminaries etc.
Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes opposed the inclusion of far-eastern elements in courses offered by Christian monasteries and institutions. With regard to Yoga, Tai Chi and Chigong, Cordes spoke of “pagan methods“ which want to destroy Christianity. Those influences received too much room “under the roof of the Catholic Church.“ He called for more clarity instead of a poisonous syncretism. Some proclaim a unity religion, a God of all religions and of all mankind without reference to Jesus Christ.
When priests administer the sacraments, it is Jesus Himself who works the salvation. St. Agustine coined the rule: The Spirit of God sent to us through Jesus Christ is the one who truly baptizes, whether it is Peter or Paul or even Judas who baptizes. Irrespetive of whether a priest is a Saint or a big sinner, in the holy sacraments (Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick etc.) we always encounter Jesus who delivers and heals us through His Holy Spirit.
But when a priest works outside the sacraments, he can very well transmit his mediality, if, for example, he pratcises Reiki, Prana, Yoga, shamanism, Zen-meditations etc. Here, a close look is necessary, and such courses – even if they are offered by priests or religious – are to be avoided.
According to Anton Beda, in the eastern world (India) 95 per cent of all people have a mediumistic disposition. If priests coming from this region melt the faith in the Holy Trinity with the faith in the hinduistic trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and on top of this practise Yoga, extreme caution is required.
Yoga and Mediality (according to Fr. Clemens Pilar Cop)
Those Indians who brought yoga to the West approximately 100 years ago never left the slightest doubt about the fact that Yoga is the religious path of salvation of hinduistic beliefs. The term Yoga is derived from “yuj“, which means „tie up“, “hitch up“, “yoke“ or “unite“. The spiritual tradition of India is based on the four basic notions of Karma, Maya, Nirvana and Yoga. The term Yoga covers all methods and techniques through which man can overcome his lack of knowledge, ascend to the divine and attain the ultimate liberation from the wheel of rebirths (Samsara, literally “continuous wandering“: the designation for the eternal cycle of being, the cycle of life and death) through enlightment.
Testimony by Fr. Joseph-Marie Verlinde: Yoga Is By No Means Neutral
Man continuously strives..... to get rid of the apparent, to delve into the self – in the “mystical“ unification with this highest reality, this big, cosmic wholeness. Yoga is one of the preferred paths leading there...
Man is not destined to dissolve in an unpersonal cosmic energy, even if it is considered as divine. Placed on the top of creation by God, whom Jesus calls His and our Father, man is called to participate in the divine life of the Trinity by receiving the Holy Spirit, who makes him a son in the only Son.
Even without any spiritual striving, Yoga as such is an extremely effective method which consists in awakening natural energies that lie dormant in us – by trying to control them – trying to unite them with what hinduism calls the self....
Yes, Yoga releases very real, however very mysterious psychosomatic energies in us and makes it possible to reach extraordinary conditions. I myself have practised and taught techniques of levitation (of floating)...
These powers activated by Yoga without any doubt are nothing but natural energies; but when I was confronted with such phenomena – on which I do not wish to further elaborate – I arrived at the conclusion that evil (satanic) spirits were involved...
I would like to say something similar about the powerful “abilities“ which burdened me after my return back home (and this is a rather weak expression). I gained those powers there through the initiation into Eastern rites and practices. They are identical with the ones that are aspired and realised in esoteric occultism, particularly in the form of New Age which is spread today...
For a Christian who has become the temple of the Holy Spirit to walk on such paths, to me, seems like self-deception and arrogance. I would like to repeat: Yoga was developed to achieve a certain goal, becoming one with the self....
You only practise Yoga two hours per week? In the beginning you will have problems to take up the right postures, but slowly you achieve progress. And, whether you want it or not, you will activate the Kundalini (snake energy) in you. And even if you do not experience any “enlightment“ the physical and spiritual “shaping“ which goes hand in hand with it will not remain without influence on your metabolism and your psychological balance.
Why undergo the risk of embarking on such a way, if there are other methods of relaxation.... which lead to a development of personality and do not include a view which is not compatible with the Jewish-Christian revelation of God and man. Whichever form of Yoga is practised and whatever may be the intention of the person practising it, Yoga is never “neutral“. (Famille Chrétienne dated 2 September, 1993)
Hinduistic Influences When Being “Slain in the Spirit“
A closer look is also required when it comes to the so-called being “slain in the spirit“.
The power which comes through the Shakti pat, stems from the Goddess Shiwa. Shiwa is one of the most important Hindu gods. He represents the principle of destruction... Here, there can be no doubt about the fact that this original (cosmic) power comes from demons... Here, we are clearly faced with an intrusion of eastern, pagan religions into Christianity. It should actually be said even more radically: From the perspective of religious history, tilting backwards which is caused through mediality is religiously wrapped spiritism. It is the satanic counterpiece to being filled with the Holy Spirit. It is the best seduction Satan has invented and accomplished.“
Jesus Christ Is the Only MEDIATOR
Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. He is our Redeemer and our Saviour. We do not have to work with “hands and feet“ to redeem ourselves. We may accept the gift of redemption from Jesus. Jesus Himself says about Himself: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. “ (Jn 14:6)
The Folder “Jesus, Take Care of Everything! “ with the text by Don Dolindo Ruotolo and the
Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life:1 they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian's life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life.
The Sacraments of Initiation
"The sacraments of Christian initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist - lay the foundations of every Christian life. ‘The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity‘ (Paul VI)." (CCC 1212)
The Sacraments of Healing
“Through the sacraments of Christian initiation, man receives the new life of Christ. Now we carry this life “in earthen vessels,“ (2 Cor 4:7) and it remains “hidden with Christ in God. “ (Col 3:3). We are still in our “earthly tent“ subject to suffering, illness and death. This new life as a child of God can be weakened and even lost by sin.
The Sacraments at the Service of Communion
“Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist are sacraments of Christian initiation. They ground the common vocation of all Christ's disciples, a vocation to holiness and to the mission of evangelizing the world. They confer the graces needed for the life according to the Spirit during this life as pilgrims on the march towards the homeland.
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