I recently saw a posting for a Catholic site asking the question – should Catholics consult the I Ching? I have seen other such postings concerning Astrology, Yoga, Numerology, fortune tellers , and on and on. I have heard these kinds of questions asked to guests on Relevant Radio as well.
Americans don’t like to be told “no” about anything, it seems. When they are recommended not to consult such things my sense is that a red flag of suspicion pops up in the minds of people. What do you mean I can’t, or shouldn’t, consult such things? I’m an American. I’m an adult. I have the freedom to do as I please.
And of course, this is true. If you consult the I Ching or attend a yoga class, you don’t have to fear police appearing at the door to arrest you.
But I think the central question about all of what I’ve enumerated above isn’t what Catholics should or shouldn’t read. I think the central question is why would a Catholic want to consult any of the above?
I’ve been in Information Technology for 27 years and I possess, if anything, a logical mind. I’m sure that there are people out there who would argue as to whether that mind functions well or not, but I can assure you it functions logically. So here’s my take from a logical perspective.
As Catholics, we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Word of God, and the full revelation of God. He came from the Father, He established a Church, and He returned to the Father and furthermore sent His Holy Spirit to guide the Church and the faithful to union with God in Heaven.
So if this is the case, why do some Catholics want to consult the I Ching, practice yoga, read tarot cards or consult fortune tellers?
There is such a richness of wisdom in the Church! Instead of seeking things elsewhere, look to your own house. Read Scripture. Read the writings of the Fathers of the Church. Read the lives of the saints. Practice “Christian” yoga, i.e., exercise and pray the rosary or the Divine Mercy Chaplet, or some other prayer.
For those still not convinced, let me ask you…if you’ve visited or are considering visiting a fortune teller, for example….has it ever occurred to you that if the fortune teller can really gaze into the future, why he or she is still working as a fortune teller? I mean, if I had that gift, I’d spend my time perusing the future positions of stocks and cashing in!
Don’t waste your time on nonsense. Attend liturgy instead. That is where you meet Jesus Christ in the flesh and blood of the Holy Eucharist! We are so blessed. So richly blessed.