...business as usual in the Cape Fear Deanery...
Just what I needed to steal my 'Lenten Groove', my wife shows me an E-mail she recently received,from a mom concerned about an upcoming 'All Day Health Expo' event at St. Mary's Catholic School in Wilmington. Sounds innocent enough doesn't it? They offer info all sorts of great stuff to teach the kids about maintaining good health, from schools E-Letter:
"Looking ahead to the 24th of this month your children will have an all day Health Expo. The purpose is to teach students about good life-long habits. The expo will be set up in 30 minute interactive stations: Make Your Own Smoothies, Surfing, Dental Health, Dance, Computer, Fencing, Yoga, Exercise and Healthy Snacks and Healthy Hearts. The Students are to wear comfortable work-out clothes and gym shoes."
...ain't that sweet...I bet I could count on my hand how many kids in that school (or teachers for that matter) that can tell you what a well formed Catholic conscience is and here we are teaching them how to get their 'Chi' in line. But then again, this is the same deanery that has two schools with the philosophy of, 'well, the enrollment is up', whenever a concern is raised about anything deviating from true Catholic teaching. Yeah, 'enrollment is up'. I also heard the Temple was pretty crowded when Christ drove the money changers out.
There is a great buzz in this area on the prospects of a Catholic High School being built down here. I'd be jazzed about it myself, but after 8 years witnessing how the lower grade schools operate, I must admit, I question what type of atmosphere would be created to appease the luke-warmers and non-Catholic's who will no doubt want the dog and pony that their kids just participated in for the past 9 years to continue? Can a Catholic High School actually exist if the student body has to be drastically weened from their 'Harry Potter' and 'His Dark Material' Books, liturgical dance and yoga? Can their young minds accept the fact that their Savior was a Carpenter and not a Community Organizer?
Getting back to the Yoga, I know the old argument, "we are only using it for the exercise and stretching aspect...blah-blah-blah, yada-yada...". I'll just defer to Father John Hardon on this subject:
Yoga is incompatible with Catholicism because the best known practice of Hindu spirituality is Yoga. “Inner” Hinduism professes pantheism, which denies that there is only one infinite Being who created the world out of nothing. This pantheistic Hinduism says to the multitude of uncultured believers who follow the ways of the gods that they will receive the reward of the gods.
So here we have a school right next to a Catholic Shrine and we are pushing these kids through portals towards Hindu practices and their gods? Did anyone there ever think of spending a little time in front of the Eucharist? Does wonders for my mental and spiritual health. Heavens to Betsy no, we are giving them Yoga for 'Spiritual Health' tips. Makes me wonder what they'll be feeding them in a local Catholic High School, I mean, you've got to make sure they are properly 'nuanced' for 'Catholic' college, right?
Saint Michael the Archangel...
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