And what's a good old Catholic feast day without Native American smudging?
Quote: "Guests and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament gathered July 15 at the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel in Bensalem to celebrate the feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha and Native American cultures.Not to worry, its all Bishop approved.
The event on the shrine grounds was attended by members of the Southeastern Cherokee Confederacy and the St. Kateri Circle led by Chief Buffy Red Feather Brown. The day included prayers, hymns, craft-making and a presentation on St. Kateri’s life."
Even Archbishop Chaput has prayed in sweat lodges and gone on vision quests. 😕INCULTURATION,WORSHIP, AND SACRAMENTSLiturgy and inculturation are major topics of conversationat all levels in ministry to Native AmericanCatholics. No attempt was made in this survey toassess the degree of inculturation that is envisagedor attempted, but the survey asked, “Do the Nativepeople in your arch/diocese use their religious symbolsand rituals in their communal prayer life?”Fifty-one dioceses (just under 30 percent of thetotal) replied “Yes” to this question and describedthe symbols and how they are used. A number ofdioceses stressed that these symbols and rituals areused only on special occasions; others indicated thatthey are incorporated into the ongoing worship ofthe community. Among the most common symbols/ritualsare the following:• Smudging (blessing, purifying) with cedar, sage,sweetgrass, and tobacco• Eagle feather used in blessings• Dance and drums used for liturgies• Indian music in liturgy (one diocese noted thatBr. Martin Fenerty, FSC, has composed fiveMasses based on Native American melodies)• Indian naming ceremony in conjunctionwith Baptism• Native attire used in local and diocesancelebrations• Four-directional prayer• Sweat lodge• Statues, relics of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha• Medicine wheel• Native crucifix and cross• Sacred vessels, decorations, and vestmentswith Native designs• Sacred pipeThe incorporation of Native symbols and rituals incommunal worship is much more common inparishes/ministries serving Native Americans onreservations or in rural communities than in urbansettings. Some of those ministering to NativeAmericans noted that the diversity of tribes, and thussymbols, in urban areas makes it difficult to find symbolsrelevant to all the groups to whom they minister.[clipped]
I don't get it and I'm part Native American, so is my ex-husband so my kids get it from both sides of the family. I've been to Pow-wow's, many of them over the years (prior to becoming Catholic) and Native American celebrations. It is part of my family's heritage, that doesn't change the fact that scared pipes, medicine wheels, smudging, sweat lodges (used to talk to entities) etc., are all part of Native American paganism.
How can you be Catholic while still clinging to pagan "scared" objects and practices like the medicine wheel?
What's a medicine wheel you might be wondering?
Quote: "We believe that the Medicine Wheel creates a vortex of healing energy that comes out of the ground and spirals out into the surrounding area, thus benefiting all living things. It is mirrored by another Wheel in the Spirit World. Heaven and Earth are joined together by a tube of energy that flows between the two Wheels and to stand in The Wheel is to be part of that joining. The more we do ceremony in the Wheel, the stronger its energy and connection become. It is a beacon of Light shining out to illuminate the darkness and radiate healing and understanding into our community and to all the Earth."
How about that sacred pipe?
Quote: "The pipe ceremony is a sacred ritual for connecting physical and spiritual worlds. "The pipe is a link between the earth and the sky," explains White Deer of Autumn. "Nothing is more sacred. The pipe is our prayers in physical form. Smoke becomes our words; it goes out, touches everything, and becomes a part of all there is. The fire in the pipe is the same fire in the sun, which is the source of life." The reason why tobacco is used to connect the worlds is that the plant's roots go deep into the earth, and its smoke rises high into the heavens."Does any of that sound compatible with Catholicism to you?
Quit straddling the fence. Either you're Catholic or you're not. Give up the pagan sacred items and embrace Catholicism.
Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner