Lately there has been mention of a so called New Age Guru Grand Master (not of the Knights of Malta!) coming to Malta to “bring” “Pranic Healing” to Malta, in a church at Paceville (what place does this have in a church I do not know).
His website claims that “Pranic Healing is a highly developed and tested system of energy energy medicine that utilizes prana to balance, harmonize and transform the body’s energy processes. Prana is a Sanskrit word that means life-force. This invisible bio-energy or vital energy keeps the body alive and maintains a state of good health. In acupuncture, the Chinese refer to this subtle energy as Chi. It is also called Ruah or the Breath of Life in the Old Testament.”
This claim is incorrect. First of all this claims that the Holy Spirit (Ruach Qodesh in hebrew) is just an impersonal “life-force” or cosmic energy.
As Christians we know the Holy Spirit is a PERSON, not an “IT”, the third person of the Holy Trinity. We have just celebrated the feast of Pentecost today. Let us get to know the Holy Spirit in our life, Christ can heal everything wrong in us, rather than meddle with dangerous energies which can imbalance our life and have dangerous side-effects. Some people are attracted to healing like pranic because they feel a revulsion from religion and sometimes those of us in the church fail to help them or show them real love. I am not saying that these persons are bad persons or anything of the sort.
In his book “Praying for Healing”, Fr Benedict Heron writes that many Christians go to spiritual healing (like pranic healing) in the New Age Movement, and this frequently leads “to disasters and the loss of their Christian faith”. Some people go there as there is no serious Christian healing ministry in their parish. People need to be told that Jesus still heals today, in answer to prayer. The Church does not simply regard non-Christian religions and things linked with them as being demonic or wrong, but points out the various real dangers which may be involved when one is not centred on Christ. Fr Heron writes about a Catholic man who went to an Eastern Guru in London for healing. After paying him a large sum of money for some object of Eastern piety, which was supposed to help him heal (according to the so-called Guru), this person ended up caught up in some spiritual bondage. Another woman, a Catholic, went to spiritualists to get her back healed and ended up, ten years later (ten years of visits to spiritualists), with mental instability problems (and her back was still bad) and suicidal tendencies.
As Fr Heron says, we really need to renew the healing ministry of prayer in the Catholic Church, in fidelity to the New Testament and the Catholic Church’s tradition, so more Catholics will seek healing in His Church rather than elsewhere.
On Saturday 29th May 2010 I invite you to attend the Healing Service which will be held at Attard…