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“You must not learn to imitate the abhorrent practices of those nations.” (Deut 18:9)


New Age is a spiritual movement that does not come from God. While in that movement, I never heard of Jesus Christ as being the Son of God.

“You must not learn to imitate the abhorrent practices of those nations.” (Deut 18:9)

Beloved brothers and sisters, I come today to witness that Christ resurrected me. My parents had me baptized a few days after my birth. I followed all the catechism classes and I took my First Communion. My mother, a holy woman, taught me to pray every day. However, after my First Communion, I no longer attended the Catholic Church until 1996, the date on which Jesus came to save me.

At the age of fifteen, my life took a tumble. I began to frequent bars and practised tarot card reading, numerology and astrology. Numerological divination is a set of false beliefs based on assigning properties or meaning to numbers. It is the study of a theme of life, based on one’s date of birth within the influence of the astral conjuncture.

When I finished school, I spent my weekends in discos, smoking pot and drinking alcohol. It was during one of those nights in a night club that I met a boy, and, after a few months, we decided to live together, not recognizing that we were seriously wounding our souls by this sin. At that time of my life, I did not know that it is forbidden to live together without the sacrament of marriage.

After five years, I left him and moved to another city.

Sometime later, I went to a spiritual centre to listen to the teachings of a guru. One day, he proposed that I participate in the experience of spiritism and, naive as I was, I accepted! And there, I began to meet with mediums who would go into trances, who claimed to receive messages from Padre Pio, Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus, even the Mother of God, or, at times, from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and even from extra-terrestrials! Had I known that it was actually fallen spirits who were delivering those messages, I would have left the spiritual centre immediately. I believed in it and also believed in karma and reincarnation.

I made many major wrong choices of paths each time that I was a follower of horoscopes, palm reading, yoga, esoteric meditation, Past-Life Regression, magnetism, New Age healers, positive thinking, belief in UFOs and extra-terrestrials, astral projection, New Age breathing, reading auras, opening chakras, meditation, Kundalini, Numerology, Yoga, palm reading, fortune telling and other occult practices, telepathy, pendulum, all kinds of magic, hypnosis, all forms of healing through energies, crystals, music and colours, meditations on New Age music, and Reiki, which the American bishops warned against.

The opening of my chakras turned me away from faith and opened the way to all kinds of experiences that left me destroyed

New Age is a spiritual movement that does not come from God. While in that movement, I never heard of Jesus Christ as being the Son of God. They taught me about the existence of the “Divine” – as being the highest expression of cosmic consciousness, the highest vibration (energy). It supposedly manifests itself through motion or emanation in cosmic and inner energies, coinciding with the world and with man. According to New Age spirituality, the individual may say: God is in me, I am my creator, all is one, everything is energy, everything is God. The “New Age Christ” whom I was taught about was supposed to be a simple spirit manifested in the Buddha and in Jesus of Nazareth. I was not supposed to be able to have a direct relationship with God, since I was a mere wave on the cosmic ocean. I was taught that my salvation consisted in having an experimental knowledge of my own so-called divine nature. I had to achieve my own self-realization through inner illumination (enlightenment), rebirths, self-control and possibly the acquisition of powers while connecting myself to the divine energy for the purification and harmony of myself with others and with the universe. I was self-sufficient; I was not in need of revelation or redemption, nor any outside help. According to the law of karma, I had to fix my mistakes on my own through new lives. “Gnosis” was my faith (i.e. a secret knowledge reserved for insiders), and I never prayed. I did not even believe in sin.

For a year, I attended spiritism sessions. One day, the guru suggested that I proceed to a major cleansing. As I believed in reincarnation, I thought he would help me free myself from my karma, that is, constraints and servitudes from my past lives. He placed his hand on my heart chakra and my third eye chakra at the same time and made an invocation prayer in a language I did not understand. During the next spiritism session, my kundalini rose. I was very scared because I felt a great power which went from my root chakra to my crown chakra and raised me up. The opening of my chakras turned me away from faith and opened the way to all kinds of experiences that left me destroyed. (Only several years later did one priest pray for them to be closed and everything came back to normal.)

I also affiliated with the Order of Rosicrucians AMORC, an esoteric order that is not of God. I quickly began to receive small booklets for study. In that Order, I studied different things, such as the psychic body of man, stellar travelling, human aura, chakras, vocal sounds, mantras, etc.

He proposed I participate in the experience of spiritism and, naive as I was, I accepted! And there, I began to meet with mediums

A few weeks later, I met a man in the Rosicrucian Order who had been single for many years, as his wife had left him for another man. We were not able to get married in the Catholic Church, because he was already married in the Church.

After we had decided to have a civil marriage, I picked up the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Bible and I discovered the commandments of God. It was then that I discovered that since the age of fifteen I had been living in sin. I realized that within my new marriage, I was living in the sin of adultery, so I looked for a priest confessor. He received me very charitably, and I explained the suffering state of my soul to him.

The priest advised me to live with my husband as brother and sister, and added that I could then receive communion and go to confession, but only if I remained chaste.

He then explained that divorce does not dissolve a marriage, and that in God’s eyes my husband remained married to his lawful wife until death do them part, even if his wife remarried.

I returned home and explained to my husband what the Catholic Church required of me. He accepted the situation, as it involved the salvation of his soul. I then explained to him that I was leaving the Rosicrucian Order AMORC.

Convinced that I was on a wrong path, I began to tear to pieces all the Rosicrucian books, all the books on numerology, palm reading and tarot cards, the books on spiritism and New Age, and even the books about occult sciences.

I got rid of them, and once a priest came to bless the house and the Blessed Virgin was enthroned in the home, calm returned. I substituted all my old books for the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the lives of the saints, etc.

Given that I had greatly suffered inside because of my many sins, under the movement of the Holy Spirit, I began to have masses said for my soul in order to find peace. During the celebration of those masses, the Holy Spirit would bring forth to my conscience all the sins that I had committed since my childhood.

I went to confession. The priest received me with great charity, but he was slightly stunned to see that I had with me so many sheets of paper on which I had made note of my sins. I had written them out so as to not forget them.

I confessed everything about which I have spoken to you. The priest listened to me with patience and charity, and since then I have been going to confession regularly. I then went before the tabernacle for my penance, and there, with great joy, I understood that my sins were blotted out thanks to the Precious Blood of Jesus.

What a great grace the sacrament of confession is! Dear brothers and sisters, Jesus has erased my sins; He consumed my miseries; He sustained me in my weakness.

Having received the sacrament of reconciliation many times, I met many priests who prayed many prayers of deliverance related to my dabbling with the occult, and also I have often received the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, because I was in a critical state due to New Age techniques. Different sacraments helped in my healing, and I was so attracted to Jesus that I would spend afternoons close to the tabernacle at church.

During those times, I began to recite the Stations of the Cross every day, so as to liberate souls from purgatory, and I told myself that I would dedicate my life to praying for the salvation of all souls. For two years, I spent my afternoons near Christ in a church close to my home, and I would return at night to the gentleman with whom I lived as a sister.

I have often received the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, because I was in a critical state due to New Age techniques. Different sacraments helped in my healing

One day, while listening to a cassette on the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, I was deeply touched by his extreme poverty. Assisted by my first spiritual father, a Dominican priest, we decided that I would leave my home and the gentleman I lived with in order to have full communion with the Church.

For shelter, I returned to my parents and began to record conferences that I gave about Jesus’ revelations to Saint Faustina regarding Divine Mercy.

You surely know Jesus’ words about Divine Mercy taken from the diary of Sister Faustina Kowalska (now Saint Faustina): “I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: Jesus I trust in you’ ” (St Faustina’s Diary, 327). “By means of this Image I shall be granting many graces to souls; so, let every soul have access to it,” (Diary, 570). “I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish,” (Diary, 48).

I personally try to recite the Divine Mercy chaplet daily at 3:00 p.m. because Jesus promised: “Oh, what great graces I will grant to souls who say this Chaplet” (Diary, 848). “Whoever will recite the chaplet, they will receive great mercy at the hour of death. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy,” (Diary, 687).

In order to thank Jesus for His kindness, I pray the rosary every day. You see, I told Jesus, “I give you my ‘Yes’, because I would so like that all souls know your burning love. I give you all my old choices and their consequences so that you, the Love, you can consume them in your Fire of tenderness and in the flames of Your mercy.”

Now I know the importance of the Holy Mass, I participate in it daily, and I have great respect for God’s ministers to whom this great power has been given through the sacrament of Holy Orders. Nobody has been closer to Jesus than we ourselves when we receive Jesus in the holy sacrifice of the mass.

Let us trust and tell Jesus: “Jesus, I trust in you!” If God healed me, then anybody can be saved.

No sin will exhaust the great mercy of God, and the more we seek it, the more it increases. The greater the sinner, the more he has a right to the mercy of God. Dear brothers and sisters, you will all, at the hour of your death, appear before God for your judgment. That is why I hope that my testimony will help you to gain more light.

Praised be Jesus Christ and blessed a thousand times.

Fabienne





Source: https://loamagazine.org/archive/2015/2015-31/you-must-not-learn-to-imitate-the-abhorrent-practices-of-those-nations-deut-189



The article was published with the permission from "Love One Another!" in September 2020.




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