23 March 2011

Washington University Catholic Student Center Presents: "Yoga Stations of the Cross"

Fr. Z scooped me on this one, and he sums it up pretty well. Though the event is a sad joke, I assure you I'm not joking.

Catholic Student Center at Washington University in St. Louis, is in fact hosting an abomination called "Yoga Stations of the Cross". Just let that one settle in. Here it is:

Yoga Stations of the Cross Tonight!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 7:15pm, CSC Commons

Join us for a contemporary meditative experience of the Stations of the Cross that involves body movement, prayer, meditative music & pictures, and reflections. This CSC original combines traditional images and reflections of the Stations of the Cross with a unique way of feeling the suffering of Christ’s Passion in your own body through Yoga poses that spur a prayerful experience.

All are welcome to attend, please bring your own yoga mat. No experience necessary, there will be a brief instructional time at the beginning to go through the yoga poses before beginning the prayerful experience.


Yoga Stations? I don't know, is this designed to make people less rigid about the liturgy? OK, not funny. But really, what is this Archdiocesan apostolate doing allowing this kind of insanity? Will Voodoo Stations be next?

Jane! Stop this crazy thing!


Patrick Kinsale said...

Then again, there is a Confession marathon and a Peter Kreeft lecture.

doughboy said...

and sister roz was shown the door. go figure.

Jane Chantal said...

Words fail me. Where is St. Guy??

Anonymous said...

... 'Archdiocesan apostolate', did you mean apostate?


Mark said...

News from Washington, MO and St. Gertrude School...

"Students at St. Gertrude, as part of their P.E. classes, are learning yoga poses for stretching and balance and how deep breathing can help reduce stress."

Washington is a predominantly Catholic community. It is saddening to see Catholic children in this community force fed pagan and secular garbage on a daily basis. Then as if to add insult to injury the local newspaper makes it a point to feature and celebrate these abominations in every issue.

Anonymous said...

I don't have a real comment, just that I found this post so hilarious and wrong at the same time, that I spit coffee all over my laptop screen. Wow yoga with Christ. Now that would be something to see. ROFL!!

Patrick Kinsale said...

What happened to Sr. Roz?

thetimman said...



Anonymous said...


The thing is that the Catholic Student Center has standing room only for their Eucharistic celebrations every weekend, and is full of college students who, instead of sleeping in or are out partying like most of their peers, are there, in church, praying.

So sad that this is a cause for self-righteous condemnation, i.e. that people are contemplating and praying in a style or fashion different from what you must consider "the only way," whatever that means to you.

I'd like to think that your judgemental hearts would change if you actually asked these students who sacrificed their time to be present to Jesus's Passion and Death, what their prayer was like. Then again, it is far easier to condemn than understand.

thetimman said...

Hi, I think you commented on the Burroughs "Night in Hell" Prom theme post, right?

Anonymous said...

Dear Anon 13:44,
Did it occur to you to look into the Church's teaching on yoga?


You might start there, then if you are literally 'hell bent' on maintaining your position you can proceed with your rock throwing, knowing that you are fully in conflict with Holy Mother Church and firmly in concert with the "Catholic Student Center".

long pants said...

Anon 14:08, there's no "church teaching" on yoga. The article you tried to link to is by a priest. It's simply his take on how yoga is imcompatible with the church. For every theiologian writing AGAINST something, you are likely to find another writing FOR it. So don't think that just because you found one insignificant little article that happens to support your view that you've found the answer that ends the argument.

Anon 13:44 is quite right. Jesus has no time for the self-righteous.

Anonymous said...

The root cause of fundamentalism is narcissism.
Sad that this site time and time again finds that those who pray differently than them are 'wrong,' and those practices therefore must be heretical.

There are many, many, many paths to our relationship with our loving God. There are as many paths to God as there individuals on this planet. Why, then, is there such a need to vilify those who are finding God in ways different than yours?

The other truth that keeps popping up in your condemnation, and that is this: The opposite of love isn't hate, it's fear. At least in hate there is a relationship - fear typically ends in disengagement and projection of evil intentions on another. Some of us actually believe that God is love. (Look that up sometime - you'd be amazed.)

It's just sad that fear of the unknown causes harsh condemnation, and shuts one from appreciating some of the millions of ways that people find God in their life.

And aren't you a little fearful that, come Judgment Day, God Himself might say "Nice job condemning so many of my followers - what ye reap so shall ye sow?"

Anonymous said...

Patrick - are you mocking the "Confession marathon?" Are you condemning the fact that hundreds of college kids will be receiving one of the Seven Holy Sacraments, many for the first time in years???

Or are you just mocking the fact that this Catholic Center for Students has lined up quite a few priests who will be available for this Sacrament from 2:00 in the afternoon until midnight? That's a ten hour period of time for students to receive God's loving presence and forgiveness of sins - is something wrong with this???

Anonymous said...

Dear Longpants,

Please look at Fr Z's post that Timman links. Fr Z cites a Vatican document discussing the problems with several "new age" practices including yoga.

thetimman said...

OK, the last two anonymous commenters, in reverse order:

1. I think if you reread Patrick's comment, you will see that he was pointing to the confession marathon and the Kreeft lecture as good things-- juxtaposed against the Yoga stations.

2. It really does get tedious to continue to respond to this type of comment. I allowed it to have a sort of final effort to highlight certain elements common to these things.

There is no hesitation for the "non-judgemental" crowd to judge this site and me. Fine. But it sure makes your call to quit judging sound hollow. What you really mean is "Don't judge ME."

The opposite of love isn't hate, and it isn't fear. It's apathy. Your vision of the faith in its very call for lack of definition in the faith is just that apathy. Your "love" or "tolerance" for others is just a nice way to say you don't care if they find truth, you don't care if they are wallowing in error. You got yours, right?

The "as many paths to God as there are people" is just plain heresy. It is immanentism in matters of faith; it is the notion that truth is relative to each and that the only authentic religion is the self-made kind. St. Pius X called it the "synthesis of all heresies". It is Modernism, and it is anathematized.

God loves us, you and me, so much that He wants us to know HIm, to love Him and to be saved. He sent HIs only Son-- just one, mind you-- Who said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me." He also founded the Church on Peter, and promised the gates of hell would not prevail against it. He gave Peter the power to bind and loose. You don't like Peter's rule? Then you don't like the one chosen by the God Who saves us.

As for me being fearful for judgement day, you don't have to add to my already substantial concern. I pray that this stupid blog does more good than harm. And if it doesn't I pray for mercy. Maybe you could pray for me and really help me out.

Anonymous said...

Is there only one way to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament? Will you tell me that kneeling is better than sitting, standing, moving about or lying prostrate? Is it wrong to read letters from Fathers of the Church than the Bible, or religious commentary, or is it better to sit in quiet? And if I kneel in quiet, is it better to quietly recite memorized prayers versus spontaneous open prayers? In my hour of prayer, is it possible that I could use the art of zen in front of the Blessed Sacrament, or gasp, do some yoga to help attune my body to God's actual presence?

I don't want to be anathematized because my individual style of Eucharistic Adoration is "relativistic," because these different styles are all "self-made kinds" except for the "true" one. Ya know, I'd hate to fall into "Modernism" if I'm not praying the right way here. Just let us know the right rule here so I can get into heaven, okay?

KP said...

Great response, Tim. Well said. Now THAT'S being a Catholic.

Patrick Kinsale said...

Yes, I was saying the Confession marathon is a good thing. it is sorely needed. I wish parishes made it much more widely available.

Anonymous said...

Sorry about my post!
Based on the condemnation from Timman that faulted getting college and graduate students to pray, with their mind and body, in front of the Stations of the Cross, I falsely presumed that your comment was yet another slam on the church. I.e. that something about "Yoga Stations" and "Confession Marathon" were both wrong.

So glad that we ALL agree that offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or Confession, is sorely needed in this world.


thetimman said...

Stay classy!