Friday, July 30, 2010

Did Francis Xavier Practice Zen Meditation?

What the...?

Well, I admit my first reaction to seeing the bulletin from St. Francis Xavier parish in NYC was a bit harsher than that.

A reader sent me the link to their bulletin which had information about several of their groups at the parish.

Upon studying the bulletin, I soon learned that the groups one would normally expect to find listed in the bulletin of a Catholic church were nowhere to be found. There were no sign ups for Eucharistic Adoration. Sadly missing was the listing for the Altar and Rosary Society. And for the life of me I couldn't locate anything about the Knights of Columbus.

But bless their bleeding progressive hearts, I did learn that there would be no meeting of the Gay Catholic Group until September. The Peace and Justice Committee meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month and the Spirituality Committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month, in case you wanted to go. And the Catholic Lesbians meet in the West Room on the 2nd Friday of the month.

And don't forget the Zen Meditation group is looking for members every Monday at 7pm.

The Church is in a dare I say it, heretical state in some mainstream parishes. Pray and do penance.


Justin Vacula said...

What's so bad about Zen Meditation?

The Rockin' Traddy said...

Well, Justin, nothing is wrong with Zazen.

If we were Buddhists!

But we're not.

Attending a Catholic institution that supposedly teaches Catholic-like classes, I would have expected you to know this already.

Yay! Kings College!

Justin Vacula said...

Many forms of modern-day meditation, yoga, etc don't have a religious teaching associated with them, but are mainly secular and for secular purposes.

King's College also offers Midnight Meditations that have nothing whatsoever to do with any religion, but rather to reflect and clear your mind.

The Rockin' Traddy said...

Again, yay Kings College! Zen is a very distinct school of Buddhism. So we aren't talking about wacky new age "empty your mind and embrace the nothingness" nonsense. We're talking about a "catholic" church offering a group based on another religion. Thanks for the response and God bless you.