“The universe gives back what we send out.” “Everything happens for a reason.”
These are among the most widely repeated dogmas of New Age thought.
I propose a simple test of the validity of a philosophy such as this.
If you would be ashamed to express your philosophy to someone who has lost a child in a tsunami, then it’s probably immoral… and false.
For mysterious reasons, U.S. politicians and major media outlets are today hyperventilating over one religious group’s unproven claims of ghostly miracle cures. President Obama has sent a presidential delegation to pay tribute to the ghost faith healer.
I’m speaking, of course, of today’s canonization of Mother Teresa by the Catholic Church, making her a saint. A saint is someone Catholics believe has special after-death powers to which they can appeal for miracles, as evidenced by at least two miracles so far.
The political and media honors would be slightly more understandable if this were one of the secular tributes for her that have also taken place for her non-miraculous work. Work, that is, which largely involved raising vast sums of money to convert Hindus to Catholicism and crusade against contraception and abortion, thereby increasing poverty and suffering. Using the funds to bring modern medical cures and comforts went against her belief that poverty and physical pain made sufferers more holy to Jesus.
But no, in this case the honors are for her elevation in heaven to God’s miracle broker.
My question is, how exactly does Pres. Obama determine which unproven miracle cures to honor? Will we soon be seeing this? Continue reading