Skip to comments.Tarot readers and fortune tellers cannot save you, says Pope Francis [Ecumenical]
Posted on 04/05/2013 11:48:15 AM PDT by Pyro7480
Salvation can only come through Jesus Christ, not through tarot readers and fortune tellers, Pope Francis has said.
Preaching at morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae in Rome today, Pope Francis said: "In order to solve their problems many people resort to fortune tellers and tarot cards. But only Jesus saves, and we must bear witness to this! He is the only one."
"Mary always leads us to Jesus, as she did at Cana when she said: 'Do whatever he tells you'. Let us trust in the name of Jesus, let us invoke the name of Jesus, and let the Holy Spirit push us to say this prayer trusting in the name of Jesus...it will do us all good....in this world that offers us so many saviours, it is only the name of Jesus that saves."
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Such divination is hugely popular in Latin America, as Francis well knows.
These folks didn’t get the word:
The Christian Tarot Reader - Tarot for Christians - Promoting Christian Acceptance and Use of Tarot
Heck, it’s highly popular in North America, too. I lived in a town in Northern California that must have supported half of India as “palm readers.” (A lot of the palmists and tarot card readers were Indians - or gypsies.) The red-neon outlined hand was about the most common sign in town.
I’ll never figure it out. People won’t go to church and don’t accept religious faith, but then they’ll go to some shady dive and spend a bundle on these “fortune tellers” and act as if that’s somehow perfectly reasonable.
I miss Miss Cleo.
I always thought, why should you have to call psychic hot lines, shouldn’t they be calling you?
Devotions to these activities won't save you, either.
Yes, and they’ll believe in aliens and ghosts but not the Holy Ghost.
Maybe you don’t think prayer and contemplation are good things, but I wouldn’t foist that on other Christians.
Yes, praying is dangerous for your soul. A good Christian never does anything as immoral as praying. Especially that dangerous Lord’s Prayer.
To approach people about fortune telling, it helps to know what is called “the fortune teller’s paradox”. That, is, that people do not go to a fortune teller to have their future divined, but in the odd hope that the fortune teller can somehow *change* their future.
So for persons of faith, it helps to change their approach somewhat, to people who muck around with astrology, fortune telling and the like. Instead of pointing out the blindingly obvious that it doesn’t work, approach them from the point of view of helping someone to change their life for the better. This is something that faith *can* do, that fortune tellers cannot.
In short, they want personal change, so offer them personal change. Not directly from you, but to guide them to find and make change, with some heavenly help, in themselves.
“Devotions to these activities won’t save you, either. “ - pictures of a rosary and a scapular.
In the Catholic Church we do have what we call “pious devotions”. They are forms of prayer that inspire us to meditate on the life of Jesus Christ. No one is required to use these prayers. They are tools that can strengthen our love of the Holy Trinity or specifically Jesus.
During Lent, our attention is on the impending death of the Lord, Jesus. Thus on Good Friday evening at Tenabrae we sing, “Oh, crucified Messiah, Oh, crucified Redeemer, Son of God Most Holy, Crucifed for us.”
Not buying it. I used to be a very good Tarot card reader, with the entire deck and its symbolism completely committed to memory (and a collection of 50 or so historic decks). I gave it up when I converted.
It attracts the wrong kind of supernatural interest, if you know what I mean. Not as badly as Ouija boards which scare the fire out of me, but bad enough.
Dealing with an elderly parent being scammed by Maria Duval,psychic scammer. Not happy about it.
Her address is in dirty harry reid’s distict. They should be shut down.
I know why the devil is afraid of symbols of prayer and devotion to God.
I don't know why you are.
Love that, Johngrace! May St. Benedict, by the power of God, put the demons to flight!
WOW....all the way to Post 9 until the Anti-Catholic bashing begins. ha.
Those items pictured are not venerated as Jesus is, but are reminders to help mortals remember in the hum drum of daily life to focus on God.
Par for the course...Catholic bashers are ignorant of the catholic faith, but feel free to bash away.
Very excellant post.
Yes. Jesus with his prays do. I gave a blessed anointed St Ben medal and cloth to my friend whose wife is into spellcasting. She falls down when he takes it out of his wallet. She is prayer work in progress. Jesus gives us tools. That medal is a living prayer inscribed. I wear to bed. I have not have threaten dreams/nightmares in years.
You ever read about Father Paul of Moll. He used these medals all the time. I do not know why he is not a Formal Saint yet. My mother had his book when growing up. The charismatic movement book catalog had it.
Thanks for this, johngrace.
It is a free e-book. I have it on my tablet.
“Oh I do, I do, I do believe in spooks.”
Hertz this week: The Dietary Laws, and the same word - “tinshemet” - used for “bird” (LEV XI:18) and “reptile” (XI:30).