From the Annual Report of St. Joseph’s parish, on page 23, under the yoga ministry (I kid you not):
Through the physical practice of asana and pranayama we are able to create space for the divine energy or “prana” to flow within our bodies and minds. Our practice together has fostered a sense of peace and connection in and among the participants. (Source)
What is this divine energy called prana? In the philosophy associated with Yoga, it’s basically a divine cosmic force that comes from the sun and connects everything in the universe. It is believed to be responsible for the body’s life.
For any Christian with a minimal formation, it should be abundantly clear that belief in prana is incompatible with Christianity. There is no divine solar force, there is only the One True God. Life in humans is not generated by this cosmic solar force, but is created and sustained by God Almighty alone.
These folks at St. Joe’s don’t merely believe in this divine energy, they go beyond intellectual assent by trying to commune with it, “creating space” for it to “flow within their minds and bodies.” This is way beyond mere stretching and exercise.
These practices place St. Joe’s in clear violation of the First Commandment:
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me.” (Deut. 5:6-7)
There’s a reason it’s the first commandment, in both the Old and New Testaments.
So let’s cut to the chase: St. Joseph’s parish is not Christian. You cannot reject the First Commandment and commune with another deity and still claim to be Christian. All the other crazy stuff going on at that parish — including their participation in the Pride Parade with a parish banner and the liturgical abuses — are a manifestation of their non-Christianity. All the pieces come together like a jigsaw puzzle.
Please warn everybody you know. Friends don’t let friends go to St. Joe’s.