Fr. Bill Kneemiller: Returned to the Catholic Faith from the New Age

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October 27, 2014

Father Bill grew up in a Catholic family in St. Charles, Missouri. In college he became involved, beginning with Yoga, in Eastern meditation and eventually the New Age Movement. He became so involved that for fifteen years he taught Transcendental Meditation. His return to the Catholic faith began when he became involved with a Rosary group that emphasized praying from the heart. Through this he realized that prayer was relationship and a grace and not just a meditative technique. Father Bill is now a priest of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa.

  • Guest

    I went to yoga classes at my health club and they had no spiritual component. It was just stretching and strength exercises.

    • OnlyOne001

      A beginner’s class may not even mention the religious aspects of the postures and movements. But the basis is there nonetheless, and the further one goes in the classes, the more they become evident. This is the same “acclimatization” technique used by cults, pressure groups and militant organizations to get their followers or the public leaning their way. When the time is right, when they have enough power, they spring the trap and force everybody — including, sometimes, the law — to bow to their will.

  • dannybhoy

    I know a Catholic priest who is convinced that Zen meditation (zen zen) is harmless. I can attest that this man has wandered away from his Catholic Christian roots and no longer believes it is possible to know God, that Jesus was a good man , but that salvation is meaningless and that we can learn from all religions ..