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Issue 032: Pride and Mindfulness
This newsletter begins the Easter Season and the beginning of the Post-Pentacost one. Referred to as “Ordinary Time” in the Novus Ordo Calendar, the season after Pentacost marks a specific point in the life of the Church. The Ascension has passed. Our Lord has ascended into heaven. He has given to the Church both the Great Commission and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Christians now are called to be witnesses to the world of the Resurrection and joy of God. God knows the world has need of both.
This week we offer two articles, one on the approach of June, dubbed “Pride Month” in our modern world, and another on the popularity, and problems, of modern mindfulness.
The Modern Mindfulness Craze
One of the odder aspects of modern American culture has been the growing interest in so-called “mindfulness” practices, which have come to be seen as a harmless, secular meditation for everybody. Yet mindfulness grows out of a particular context, ancient Buddhism, and is not harmless. Given the rich variety of Christian alternatives, Christians should steer clear of the modern mindfulness fad. Read more here.
This June Remember: Pride is Still a Sin
This June, there will be the usual cascade of rainbow banners, commercials, and merchandise as our culture celebrates that which previous cultures would have found among the most serious vices: pride. Corporate advertising will shove pride and (misappropriated) rainbows in our faces; pride parades and festivals will dominate the news. All that noise and all that pride all are meant to drown out the voice of conscience, which is really the voice of God. All that noise and celebration, however, should not drown out one basic truth: pride is still a sin. Read more here.
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