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in regard to Shantivanam in Easton, Kansas run by Fr. Edward Hays. Shantivanam was founded in 1971 and Fr. Hays moved there to run it in 1972. It is now directed by Sr. Eileen Haynes, SCL. (Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.) The reason this is important to me is that my Aunt is Sr. Ann Xavier Barton SCL, who now lives in a house overlooking the Missouri River in Leavenworth and secretary to the Mother Superior who also lives in the same house. The Sisters of Charity began traveling to visit their parents in the mid 1960’s. At the time my grandparents lived in Oklahoma City where I also lived with my parents. So we would see Sr. Ann about once a year. I watched her go from wearing the full habit, which was similar to that worn by dear Sisters in the Ukraine to wearing lay clothes in less than a decade. The habit was first modified, then modified again. The first modification was necessary to enable the Sisters to drive automobiles, which had become necessary for them to do their work. However, the second modification was not necessary and the abandonment of the habit is simply uncalled for. During Sr. Ann’s visits we noticed her saying strange things, which were New Age and this in the early 1970’s. She would talk about auras, when a religious should talk about Divine Love. This was so obvious that my father, a recent convert at the time, took Sr. Ann aside and warned her: “They are brainwashing you, Sister.” She did not heed to warning and remained in the apostate Church that flowed from the perfidious Spirit of Vatican II, which we had recently left because of the modification of the Sacramental Rites in line with the principles of textual criticism. (You know this as Historical Critical Theology HCT, which is nothing other than the heresy of Modernism.) I recall well leaving the Novus Ordo Church and the Spirit of Vatican II in early November of 1972. I thank God that He protected me from that perfidious spirit, for I know if we had remained I would have lost my vocation and my Faith. I was thirteen years old when we left and it was only two years later when I realized how close I had come to losing my precious Catholic Faith. It is difficult to describe what I grew up with and the utter destruction of the Catholic Faith that flowed from Vatican II. I was enrolled in Catholic School from 1969 to 1973. At this time the Mass was being changed from the Tridentine Mass to the Novus Ordo by a slow progression. Even when I received my First Communion the holy Canon of the Mass was in Latin, although some parts were already in English. By the time I entered this school, the Mass was entirely in English. The good Monsignor and his assistant were still quite respectful and kept the Catholic practices, such as Benediction, Stations of the Cross and the Angelus. The assistance still said a Latin Mass on Saturday mornings. I recall Mom saying as we came home from a Saturday Mass I had served as acolyte, that this is the way the Mass should be. In my third year we had a new pastor and assistant. No longer was daily Mass obligatory for students in the school. In fact with a few exceptions we could not assist at Mass and attend school! Several times a year we would go for Mass in the church. Also gone was monthly confession for the students. I recall a ‘coffee table mass’ celebrated by
the assistant priest on the nuns coffee table in their convent. I was the only one who knelt for the holy Canon as is the custom in the Western Rite. There are many stories I could relate, but would like to close with this one. After I graduated from Eighth Grade my mom received a call from the Catholic High School. The priest was calling to ask why I was not enrolled. Mom told him that she had heard that many went to the high school and lost their Faith. The priest replied that this had been true, but they are doing better now. My parents had decided that it was better to preserve my Faith to keep me out of a school, which was influenced by heretics. Basically by 1970 heresy was a way of life in the Church that called itself Catholic, but which followed the Spirit of Vatican II. It has been a difficult journey to fight the heresies of Antichrist, which flowed from the Spirit of Vatican II and produced the Spirit of Assisi. Very few are not infected in some manner with these heresies. In fact, even priests and Bishops who reject the New Mass of Vatican II, teach and preach heresy and cannot be trusted. Included in this number are the bishops of the Society of Saint Pius X. I studied with one of these bishops for a short time and know two others. In western Europe, Africa, North and South America we are living in a world that woke and groaned to find itself apostates and antichristian. A small handful of people have remained true to the Divine and Catholic Faith in the west. Please contact me in order to work with me for the salvation of souls. +Michael pp This small handful of Catholics realizing the utter devastation of the clergy, which spared no bishop or priest in the world, elected me as Pope on July 16, 1990. Yes it sounds unreal to believe that all of the bishops and priests could lose the Faith and that a heretic could usurp the Papacy, but it is true. http://www.vaticaninexile.com/downloads/TruthIsOne.html http://www.shantivanam.com/about_us_history.html From Unicorn in the Sanctuary We should not think, however, of this phenomenon of priests becoming gurus as only happening halfway around the world. We have our own priest-gurus here in the United States. One is Fr. Edward Hays, who is widely recognized as an expert on prayer. Formerly a parish priest, he was sent on a year-long pilgrimage by his archbishop. Fr. Hays had requested a few months off for prayer in a Christian monastery, but his bishop, now Archbishop Ignatius Strecker of Kansas City, Kansas, had other ideas. He suggested that Fr. Hays take a year off to travel in search of new ideas. Fr. Hays was advised to go also to the non-Christian religions in his quest for freshness in spirituality. The Archbishop hoped that Fr. Hays would found a "house of prayer" upon his return. He traveled to the Middle East and the Orient as a prayer pilgrim seeking wisdom. For more than sixteen years, Fr. Hays has run his Catholic-Hindu "house of prayer," which is financially supported by the Catholics of Archbishop Strecker's archdiocese.
The name of his retreat house is "Shantivanam," the same as the name of Bede Griffiths' ashram in India. The chapel at Shantivanam is a tiered, octagonal room with a decidedly Eastern flavor. We interrupt a young man's Yoga meditation as we enter the chapel. The altar (an old wooden horse manger) stands on bare earth facing neat rows of oriental prayer rugs. Lit by candles and sunlight, and scented with incense, the room is a museum of religious evolution. Fr. Hays' system is pure syncretism. He blends Christianity with the other religions and puts Jesus in the same class as "Buddha and the other holy saviors. .." In a layout reminiscent of the Stations of the Cross, one side of the chapel holds a shrine to Shiva, Hindu god of destruction. Next on this wall is a Buddha, followed by a copy of the Scriptures, the Tabernacle of the Blessed Sacrament, a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and finally, a crucifix. The purpose is to give due honor to each progressive revelation. The large windows wrap around one end of the chapel to give a beautiful panorama of the forest and fields. With the wide assortment of gods available here, a worship-per could get confused. Nevertheless, the goddess of Shantivanam receives her due, because the goddess of Shantivanam is Creation. Nature is the theme that claims the field of vision here: the expanse of windows and the altar dug into the dirt. This is creation-centered spirituality. Hays is typically Eastern in his teachings. He recommends the use of a mantra, proper breathing and special sacred places for meditation'' Speaking of our "new spirit of sexuality," he says: "We must trust our inner voices even when they assert that there is g o o d n e s s a n d b e a u t y i n w h a t p a s t a g e s h a v e c a l l e d e v il and dirty." See how this inverts the words of Isaias (5:20): Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter. In his newspaper columns he has done the same thing: Turn the Scriptures (the Christian Bible) upside down. Most often it is the Oriental scriptures which he quotes, and then with earnest reverence. In one story, Fr. Hays portrays a king who refuses Heaven unless God lets both his dog and his unbelieving family into Heaven with him. The stubborn king wins out, and God praises the king's faithfulness as He allows them all in. Once again the truth is the exact opposite, for Our Lord said: He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me. And every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall possess life everlasting. (Matt. 10:37, 19:29). While the flavor of the East dominates Shantivanam, the Western pagan traditions are not ignored. A former staff member has related that, "On occasion, ancient festivals of the Celts or Saxons are remembered and members dance round a may pole or a fire pit in the fields or forest. " Even a druid or a witch could feel at home in a place like this! But pagan idols and Celtic festivals aside, business at this archdiocesan "house of prayer" is quite good. Shantivanam can barely accommodate visitors from outside the Archdiocese.
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