Errors in Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor – An enneagram practitioner ministers to retreatants

 


AUGUST 2006/JANUARY 2010/JULY/SEPTEMBER 2012/FEBRUARY 2013

Errors in Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor – 01

An enneagram practitioner ministers to retreatants

 

THE REASONS FOR OUR COMMENCING THIS SERIES ON DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE

1. The spirituality of the Divine Retreat Centre [DRC] is “charismatic”. One gets the impression that the DRC’s “charismatics”, both preaching teams as well as regular devotees, believe that they are “superior” to other Catholics.

Since my antecedents are not known to many who visit our web site, I proudly affirm that my spirituality is charismatic.

I must add that one of my spiritual directors, a holy and orthodox French Benedictine priest, actually finds it impossible to reconcile my “conservative” ministry with my being “charismatic”. To him it’s an oxymoron. To me, it seems a natural thing.

I have attended literally dozens of retreats and special events including a Bible College and a training programme in Counselling at the DRC between 1995 and 2000. I still do, as in the past, recommend to others these retreats for the reason that the preaching of the Word of God at the DRC has led to the transformation of many lives.

However, it is generally accepted that the contents of the retreat programmes have not evolved much since their inception over two decades ago and the retreats have continued to be by and large what can only be termed as an “initiation” into the Faith. This has resulted in little growth in the spiritual lives of most regular retreatants for whom the Centre becomes a place of pilgrimage and recourse when in need. Many, lacking “solid food” which they now pursue, end up as Pentecostals.

2a. It has been my observation for a very long time that the Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor, has been the propagator of errors and abuses, including in the liturgy of the Mass, something that, as an apologist, I now find impossible to ignore.

I admit adhering to and participating in most if not all of them at one time or another for several reasons, the chief among them being ignorance; moreover, no one objected to them and almost every charismatic priest, religious and lay leader practised them. However, circumstances — and the personal counsel of some good CCR leaders who would like to see these abuses and errors stopped — make it imperative that they be now exposed. Some teachings at the DRC are not Catholic.

2b. It has been my experience — when I have pointed out these errors and abuses from time to time — that most die-hard devotees of the Divine Retreat Centre are not very receptive to fraternal correction of any sort, or even discussion of the possibility of the Centre being in error. Their responses have ranged from indulgence to hostility. My pointing out that I am only appealing to the teaching of the Church has not saved me from being labeled “anti-Divine Retreat Centre”.

The DRC has become a holy cow for many both within and without the institution and any criticism is viewed as bordering on the sacrilegious. I can truthfully state that this attitude goes right up to the top of the administration. In case my statements appear outrageous, let the reader be assured that I will provide the necessary evidence to support them.

Providing details at this point will make us digress from the focus of this present article on DRC’s Enneagrams proponent.

3. The Enneagram is a New Age personality-typing system.

See ENNEAGRAMS SUMMARY
http://ephesians-511.net/docs/ENNEAGRAMS-SUMMARY.doc
for more information on Enneagrams. The article was written in 2004 and updated in 2009.

The origins of the Enneagram device are occult. Its philosophy and practice are both occult as well as New Age.

The 3rd February 2003 Vatican Document on the New Age, Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life, A Christian Reflection on the ‘New Age’ included the Enneagram in their list of New Age psycho-spiritualities. In fact, it speaks more about the Enneagram than it does about any other New Age practice or device [#1.4; #7.2, Glossary].

4. The immediate reason for this series on the Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor, is the refusal of priests at the Centre to engage in civil correspondence with us in regard to our genuine concern about their promotion of an unapproved mystic, see our reports MAUREEN SWEENEY-HOLY LOVE MINISTRIES
http://ephesians-511.net/docs/MAUREEN_SWEENEY-HOLY_LOVE_MINISTRIES.doc
and DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-02
http://ephesians-511.net/docs/DIVINE_RETREAT_CENTRE_ERRORS-02.doc
.

If that attitude was an isolated one, there would have been no necessity for this series. The present report — which is being given the title DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-01, is a revamp of our August 2006 report [updated August 2006, January 2010, and July and September 2012] titled ENNEAGRAM PRACTITIONER MINISTERS AT DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE — confirms that the Centre indeed does not take kindly to fraternal correction, in this case concerning their engagement of an Enneagrams practitioner to minister at the DRC.

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The information on this page as well as the following pages was available earlier at our web site in the August 2006 [later updated] report ENNEAGRAM PRACTITIONER MINISTERS AT DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE. Additional information and comments are introduced by me here using this same bold green type.

 

The Director of the Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor, is Fr. Augustine Vallooran, V.C.

Lalith Perera, a preacher of ENNEAGRAM seminars and retreats who lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka, ministered at POWER 2006, the first International Youth Conference at the Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor, Kerala, India from 30 July to 4 August, 2006, despite the Director of the Centre, Rev. Fr. Augustine Vallooran V.C. being informed in advance of Perera’s involvement in the practice of this New Age tool.

International renowned Catholic preachers from India and overseas also ministered there. The email invitation from Divine Youth, the Centre’s youth ministry read, “… and Lalith Perera from Sri Lanka will be our resource persons from outside the country. Youth around the globe have saved up on their vacation and leave to be clothed with the Holy Spirit (Luke 24: 49). Teams from Europe and America, Australia and the Gulf have already confirmed their coming. Three hundred participants from Sri Lanka have already chartered a flight.”

Since Fr. Vallooran is a member of the National Service Team [NST] of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal [CCR], the Chairman of the NST, Mr. Cyril John, was also duly informed of the problem with Enneagrams.

Despite this, Perera was permitted to minister at this important charismatic event. The Centre’s Director was satisfied that Perera brought many Sri Lankans with him to attend the Youth Conference. Thirty pieces of silver? The Centre was not the only one to ‘sell out’. The information was circulated to many people who are closely associated with the Centre or have a special place for it in their hearts. These persons, who would normally respond to other reports from us, tactfully avoided an acknowledgement of this one, because this ministry has touched yet another sacred cow!

 

MY CORRESPONDENCE WITH CYRIL JOHN, CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL SERVICE TEAM, CCR:

From:
prabhu
To:
cyriljohn@vsnl.net; nco
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2006 4:06 AM Subject: POWER RETREAT 2006

Dear Bro. Cyril John, I have been furnished with printed evidence that shows that one of the leading preachers slated to speak at the forthcoming programme to be hosted by Divine Retreat Centre is also a preacher of ENNEAGRAM retreats
which cover from 3 to 5 days.

My article on ENNEAGRAMS is attached herewith for your perusal.

The CATHOLIC evidence that ENNEAGRAM is occult and NEW AGE is overwhelming.

I have written to the concerned preacher, and submitted to him my write-up, but with no response.

I am trying to contact him again, but have been unsuccessful so far.

May I have your personal telephone number so that I can talk to you, in case you do not want me to use his name by

email? Alternatively, I can give you his name on hearing from you in reply. At your service in Jesus’ Name, Michael

BELOW, AN EXTRACT FROM MY WRITE-UP:

THE VATICAN SPEAKS ON THE ENNEAGRAM IN THE DOCUMENT “JESUS CHRIST THE BEARER OF THE WATER OF LIFE- A CHRISTIAN REFLECTION ON THE ‘NEW AGE'”

According to the Document, Enneagram [from the Greek ennea = nine + gramma = sign] refers to a diagram composed of a circle with nine points on its circumference, connected within the circle by a triangle and a hexangle.

It was originally used for divination, but has become known as the symbol for a system of personality typology consisting of nine standard character types. It became popular after the publication of Helen Palmer’s [1989] book The Enneagram, but she recognizes her indebtedness to the Russian esoteric thinker and practitioner G. I. Gurdjieff, the Chilean psychologist Claudio Naranjo and author Oscar Ichazo, founder of Arica. The origin of the enneagram remains shrouded in mystery, but some maintain that it comes from Sufi mysticism” [Glossary].

Under the caption ‘The New Age and the Catholic Faith’, the Document explains:

On the one hand, new forms of psychological affirmation have become very popular among Catholics, even in retreat-houses, seminaries, and institutes of formation for religious. At the same time, there is increasing nostalgia and curiosity for the wisdom and ritual of long ago, which is one of the reasons for the remarkable growth in the popularity of esotericism and gnosticism…

John Paul II [in Crossing the Threshold of Hope] warns with regard to the ‘return of ancient gnostic ideas under the guise of the so-called New Age. We cannot delude ourselves that this will lead to a renewal of religion. It is only a new way of practising gnosticism– that attitude of the spirit that, in the name of a profound knowledge of God, results in distorting His Word and replacing it with purely human words… in distinct, if not declared conflict with all that is essentially Christian’.

An example of this can be seen in the enneagram, the nine-type tool for character analysis, which when used as a means of spiritual growth produces an ambiguity in the doctrine and the life of the Christian faith” [#1.4].

The Document could hardly be more explicit than that. The enneagram is New Age, has its roots in esotericism and pagan mysticism, is a modern form of Gnosticism and its use as a spiritual tool is, as we shall see, a distortion of the Word of God which is the basis of all Christian faith and living.

The Vatican Document provides a list of major New Age influencers that includes founder Ichazo, and, naming it as a ‘key New Age place has this to say about Esalen which played a major role in establishing the popularity of the enneagram:

 

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A community founded in Big Sur, California in 1962 by Michael Murphy and Richard Price, whose main aim was to arrive at a self-realization of being through nudism and visions… It has become one of the most important centres of the Human Potential Movement, and has spread ideas about holistic medicine… This has been done through courses in comparative religion, mythology, mysticism, meditation, psychotherapy, expansion of consciousness and so on.

Along with Findhorn, it is seen as a key place in the growth of Aquarian (New Age) consciousness.”
[n 7.3].

REMINDER ON 15 JULY 2006:

From:
prabhu
To:
cyriljohn@vsnl.net ; nco
Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2006 9:19 AM Subject: Fw: POWER RETREAT 2006

REPLY:

From:
cyriljohn@vsnl.net
To:
prabhu
Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2006 11:52 AM Subject: Re: Fw: POWER RETREAT 2006

Dear Michael,
Thanks for the mail. I have forwarded your mail to Fr Augustine Vallooran so that he could look into the matter.
With loving regards and prayers, Cyril John

 

MY RESPONSE TO CYRIL JOHN:

From:
prabhu
To:
cyriljohn@vsnl.net
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2006 8:37AM Subject: Re: Fw: POWER RETREAT 2006

Dear Brother Cyril,

Thank you. I had sent similar letters to Father Vallooran as the host of the programme and venue, and to you as Chairman of the CCR. Father Vallooran has written. Here is the correspondence. Michael

MY CORRESPONDENCE WITH FR. AUGUSTINE VALLOORAN, VC, DIRECTOR, DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE:

From:
prabhu
To:
Divine Retreat Centre
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2006 4:01 AM Subject: POWER RETREAT 2006

Dear Fr. Augustine,

I have been furnished with printed evidence that shows that one of the leading preachers slated to speak at the forthcoming programme to be hosted by Divine Retreat Centre is also a preacher of ENNEAGRAM retreats
which cover from 3 to 5 days. My article on ENNEAGRAMS is attached herewith for your perusal.

The CATHOLIC evidence that ENNEAGRAM is occult and NEW AGE is overwhelming.

I have written to the concerned preacher, and submitted to him my write-up, but with no response.

I am trying to contact him again, but have been unsuccessful so far.

May I have your personal telephone number so that I can talk to you, in case you do not want me to use his name by

email? Alternatively, I can give you his name on hearing from you in reply. At your service in Jesus’ Name, Michael

BELOW- AN EXTRACT FROM MY WRITE-UP: …….etc. as above in my letter to Cyril John

From:
prabhu
To:
Divine Retreat Centre
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 8:46 AM Subject: Fw: POWER RETREAT 2006

From: “Divine Retreat Centre” <augustine@sancharnet.in> To: “prabhu” <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>

Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 10:09 AM Subject: Re: POWER RETREAT 2006

Dear Prabhu, Greetings from the Divine Retreat Centre!
Thank you for the mail and all the information provided. Please do let me know which one of the preachers slated to preach here for POWER 2006 is a preacher of Enneagram retreats. You may revert back on this email ID to disclose the information with whatever evidence you have. Yours in Jesus, Fr Augustine Vallooran VC

From: “prabhu” <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net> To: “Divine Retreat Centre” <augustine@sancharnet.in>

Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2006 10:34 AM Subject: REPLY REGARDING ENNEAGRAMS / POWER RETREAT 2006

Dear Fr. Augustine,

I thank you for your kind reply, for your confidence in me, and your openness to my ministry to expose New Age errors.

The preacher concerned is BRO. LALITH PERERA of 73/15 Saranakara Road, Wellawatte, Colombo, Sri Lanka whom you know well and who has hosted you on your visit there.

I have in my hardcopy files the printed information [10 photocopied pages] distributed by him during his “A RETREAT ON THE ENNEAGRAM” held on 1 – 5 MAY, 2004 at ‘TABOR’, #7, 4th floor, Lucky Plaza, Colombo-3, Tel. Nos. 2577768, 2503510, 2716489, by the “COMMUNITY OF THE RISEN LORD, MEMBER OF THE LIFE IN THE SPIRIT COMMUNITIES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH”.

It was attended by Bro. Antony Mahendran, a part-time Catholic lay preacher from Cochin, who is now in Seoul, Korea.

Antony Mahendran’s email address is antony_avemaria@yahoo.co.in.

It was also confirmed to me by other Sri Lankans like Rev. Sr. Cinthia A.C., etc. who keep in touch with me.

They inform me that Bro. Lalith is known for his “innovations”, and they have spoken to him about Enneagrams etc. but he ignores their concerns. 

As far back as on 25.11.2005, I wrote to Bro. Lalith explaining to him the New Age errors of Enneagrams, and including a hardcopy of my write-up on The Enneagram. I suggested to him that he may be unaware of the occult/esoteric background of the enneagram personality typing, suggested he read the Vatican Provisional Report on the New Age [of February 3, 2003] and requested him to discontinue giving such retreats.

Regrettably, Bro. Lalith neither responded nor terminated his Enneagram programmes.

Bro. Perera’s last major retreat for people in the Sri Lankan Charismatic Renewal was attended by 2,000 people according to Duthika Perera, Lalith Perera’s son whom I spoke to on the telephone [00 94 11 2716489].

 

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According to Duthika Perera, Bro. Lalith has given Enneagram seminars for several NGOs in Sri Lanka, like LAWYERS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, etc., the latest being one for an NGO named SAVE THE CHILDREN, as recently as a week ago. You will agree with me that it is a matter of great regret that the leading Sri Lankan charismatic preacher, who is bringing a large group of people for the programme at your Divine Retreat Centre at the end of this month, is not only not giving his full contribution to Catholic ministry, but has also exposed thousands of people already to a practice that has been condemned in a Vatican Document. Preaching at Divine Retreat Centre will only strengthen his credibility and increase his influence.

Dear Father Augustine, you will appreciate that as my ministry serves, among other things, to warn Catholics of those who promote New Age in the Church and in the Renewal, I will be obliged to include the latest information on Bro. Lalith Perera in my update of August 2006.

Kindly acknowledge receipt of this letter from me.

Yours in Jesus’ Name, Michael

REPLY:

From: “Divine Retreat Centre” <augustine@sancharnet.in> To: <michaelprabhu@vsnl.net>

Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 12:51 PM Subject: Re: Lalith Perera

Dear Prabhu, Greetings from the Divine Retreat Centre!
Thank you for your mail. This is to clarify that Lalith Perera is coming here not to preach or talk on Enneagrams but will be leading Praise and Worship with his team during POWER 2006. I have received the copy of the mail you sent Cyril John stating that Lalith is a leading preacher slated to speak at POWER 2006. I do not know who gave you this information. To my knowledge he is not a leading preacher. Please check with me before you send out any wrong information about us. Yours in Jesus,
Fr Augustine Vallooran VC

 

MY RESPONSE TO FR. VALLOORAN:

From:
prabhu
To:
Divine Retreat Centre
Sent: Friday, July 21, 2006 1:16 AM Subject: Lalith Perera – Bcc to Cyril John

Dear Fr. Augustine, I thank you for your reply.

I stand corrected by you that Bro. Lalith Perera is not going to preach at POWER 2006, but to lead Praise and Worship.

The source of my information was people from Sri Lanka as well as the Divine Youth message reproduced [in part] below*.

Still, Praise and Worship is an important ministry that calls for the same anointing as preaching.

It has never crossed my mind that Bro. Lalith was going to preach on Enneagrams at Divine Retreat Centre.

Bro. Lalith is not only involved in propagating an acknowledged occult personality-typing tool through Enneagram retreats, but he is also either unaware of or has ignored the contents of the Vatican Document on the New Age. I also greatly suspect the nature of the various psychological counseling courses that Bro. Lalith attended at Manila and other places.

Today, one of my friends, a Redemptorist charismatic priest, has flown to Colombo with a personal letter from me to Bro. Lalith. I look forward to a response from Bro. Lalith that he has abjured the conducting of Enneagram retreats and will communicate the contents of the Holy See’s Document to those whom he has exposed to Enneagrams/New Age.

With love and prayers, Michael Prabhu

*Greetings of joy from the Divine Youth!

Preparations are in full swing as we approach POWER 2006, our first International Youth Conference at the Divine Retreat
Center (30 July to 4 August). The entire English section campus is being totally geared to host the POWER 2006 participants… International renowned Catholic preachers and music ministers have confirmed their participation. The retreat will be led by Fr Augustine Vallooran and Fr Mathew Naikomparambil. The team will include our Divine preachers and singers. Fritz, Colin and Vinay from ICPE & the Rex Band will also be here. Stefan Attard from Germany, Sal Solo from USA, John White from Canada, and Lalith Perera from Sri Lanka will be our resource persons from outside the country. Youth around the globe have saved up on their vacation and leave to be clothed with the Holy Spirit (Luke 24: 49). Teams from Europe and America, Australia and the Gulf have already confirmed their coming. Three hundred participants from Sri Lanka have already chartered a flight. Truly we know it is going to be the MIGHTY PENTECOST OF OUR AGE… Yours in Christ, DIVINE YOUTH

THERE WAS NO FURTHER RESPONSE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE

 

CORRESPONDENCE OF MR. ANTONY MAHENDRAN WITH FR. AUGUSTINE VALLOORAN, VC:

From:
prabhu
To:
cyriljohn@vsnl.net
Sent: Friday, July 21, 2006 1:14 AM

Subject: Fw: Fr. Augustine — Thanks For your reply

Dear Cyril, It is after 1:00 am. For your information. I just received this. As you can see, it is quite independent of my letter[s] to Father Augustine. Love, Michael

From:
antony mahendran
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2006 9:51 PM

Subject: Fwd: Very Important: Dear Fr. Augustine

From: antony mahendran <antony_avemaria@yahoo.co.in> To:
augustine@sancharnet.in 

Sent: Tue, 18 Jul 2006 17:55:47 +0100 (BST) Subject: Very Important: Dear Fr. Augustine

Dear Fr. Augustine

Greetings to you in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I am really thankful to the Almighty for guiding you to unite the Youths all around the globe under the Divine roof to mould them and set them on fire. But in the meantime I am also very sad to know that Bro. Lalith Perera of COMMUNITY OF THE RISEN LORD from Sri Lanka is been invited to the Retreat to preach. Bro. Lalith Perera is an Enneagram retreat preacher and i myself had attended the enneagram retreat conducted by his team at the Peter’s College chapel, Bamplapitiya, Colombo during 1-5 May, 2004.  4.

 

 

Many of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Leaders and laity in Sri Lanka are aware of him conducting the enneagram retreats which are condemned by the encyclicals of Pope John Paul II. (I am sure that yourself might be aware of this).

Do investigate on this regard thoroughly and please do discern with care, allowing New Age supporters to preach in a Spirit Filled retreat does not sound nice and is also a serious sin against the Holy Spirit. With fraternal love

Antony Mahendran

From:
antony mahendran
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2006 9:52 PM Subject: Re: Lalith Perera

Dear Bro. Michael this is the reply i have received from Fr. Augustine. I have not replied yet. [His reply is on page 7]
Divine Retreat Centre <augustine@sancharnet.in> wrote:

Dear Mr Antony Mahendran,
Greetings from the Divine Retreat Centre! I have gone through your mail. This is to clarify that Lalith Perera is
coming here not to preach or talk on Enneagrams but will be leading Praise and Worship with his team during POWER 2006. Yours in Jesus,

Fr Augustine Vallooran VC

 

From:
antony mahendran
To:
Divine Retreat ; divine retreat ; MICHEL PRABHU ; stanisdevot@yahoo.co.in ; tri_sea2000@yahoo.co.in
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2006 10:20 PM Subject: IMPORTANT: Lalith Perera and Enneagram

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Qualified in the Inductive Method of enabling and facilitating learning in adults East Asian Pastoral Institute – Manila Philippines, 1983

Certified as a Teacher Trainer in the method of Inductive Study E. A. P. I. Atheneo University, Manila Philippines, 1985

Certified in Public Speaking and Course Material designing – E. A. P. I. Atheneo University, Manila Philippines, 1987

Diploma in Psychological Counselling – FROM the Family Services Institute, 1986

Trained in the ‘Lumko’ method of facilitating adult learning, using small GROUP techniques and Team building principles – E. A. P. I. Atheneo University Manila Philippines, 1992

Trained in Psychological Counselling
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The kernel of this concept had already borne fruit in the E.A.B.T. (Eco Adventure Based Training) programs of the Wild Holidays. It has revolutionized training by akin it out of the classroom and into the ‘wilderness’ to enable participants to discover nature, wildlife, the harmony of the environment and in and through it a harmony with ones won self and with others. Wild Holidays dreamed of extending his ‘experiential training’ from the wilderness into the classroom and boardrooms of the corporate world, hence the birth of ‘Insight.’ Insight deals with the development and transformation of people, who ultimately decide the success or failure of any organization.

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It conducts programs and courses that enable people to change and sustain the positive changes that take place in their lives. It deals with intrinsic motivation by which people become committed and dedicated because they see it as a part of Principle centered Right Living. This results in a lasting sense of Self Worth and an inner joy that makes them feel good about themselves as they do the right things even when no one is looking.

Insight also deals with programs that develop Emotional Intelligence. Participants are led to self-awareness i.e. to realize what they are doing and how they are relating to others and to their jobs. They realize perhaps even for the first time about their unconscious thought and actions that have brought them and others so much pain and problems and how it has made them unproductive.

Insight then goes onto help participants to take charge of and use emotions in a productive and positive manner that enhances not only the person but his or her contribution to ones work and organization.

We would like to be partners with you on this ‘adventure of discovery’ that extends from the wilderness into your classroom and the boardroom.

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A Program that will change your life

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2.
The Enneagram – A Journey into Self Discovery

Discover the mystery of your inner being by a 2000 year old system. A program that helps you to discover the way your subconscious thinks and what it really wants.

A program that gives you the knowledge to not only understand what is happening inside you but gives you the tools to harness it’s power to live in a powerfully effective manner.

With its origins shrouded in the mist of the past, some trace it back to the time of the Ancient Egyptian Dynasties over 2000 years ago. Known and used by Sufi Masters to attain inner perfection in their mystical life, it has finally filtered down to the western world in the last 75 years

Now it is being used all over the world and extensively in the United States to help people towards self realization and how to work effectively with other people by discovering how their inner being operates

Over the last 10 years the Enneagram has been adopted to work and the modern business environment

It enables people to see how they could work effectively with others and how customers and clients could be dealt with at a deeper manner by recognizing and meeting their unconscious and unarticulated expectations

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Then the consultant facilitates negotiation of their work roles, until both parties come to an agreement on what changes they would effect in their own work to enable the other to work better. Many such workshops have been carried out with very positive results. Individual support and mentoring can also be provided in complex and complicated situations

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Actual ‘role negotiation’ time depends on the complexities of the situations

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Source: http://www.wildernesslanka.com/insight/insight.htm

 

 

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From:
antony mahendran
To:
Divine Retreat ; divine retreat
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2006 11:20 PM [Bcc to this writer]

Subject: Fr. Augustine — Thanks For your reply

[PHOTOGRAPH] In Picture: Lalith Perera presenting Talk on Enneagram

Dear Fr. Augustine

Thanks for your reply and it is very sad to know that you are allowing an Enneagram preacher Mr. Lalith Perera to lead the Praise and Worship sessions in POWER 2006 International Youth Retreat even after aware that he is a New Age promoter. 

Is there any scarcity for Praise and Worship leaders in India or rest of the globe? Please do not compromise and justify the faults. Please do listen to His Voice and act accordingly. 

Here below I have attached some texts about Mr. Lalith Perera to let you know that he is a well known Enneagram preacher in Asia and worldwide.

Allowing him to conduct Praise and Worship in a Catholic Retreat Campus even after  aware of his New Age activities gives an impression as if your are indirectly appreciating him and his work. 

With fraternal love and prayers, In Christ with Mary, Antony Mahendran   

From:
antony mahendran
To:
prabhu
Sent: Friday, July 21, 2006 9:29 PM Subject: Re: Lalith Perera

Dear Bro. Michael 

Fr. Augustine seems to be going out of the track (by writing to you): “I have received the copy of the mail you sent Cyril John stating that Lalith is a leading preacher slated to speak at POWER 2006. I do not know who gave you this information.” He is compromising and justifying a lot. Antony

From:
antony mahendran
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2006 8:11 PM

Subject: Fwd: RE: EQ Inquiry from 6seconds.org

Dear Bro. Michael 
					

I wrote to Bro. Lalith Perera (through the email column given in the 6seconds.org website which I had forwarded to you earlier) inviting him to present a talk on enneagram for Spice Jet airlines staff and he has responded to my query.

This is his email id: focus@eureka.lk. With Regards Antony Mahendran

From:
antony mahendran
To:
focus@eureka.lk
Sent: 20/07/06 22:30 Subject: EQ Inquiry from 6seconds.org
Dear Mr. Lalith I have attended your retreats on enneagram in Colombo.

I would like to invite you personally to Present a Talk on Enneagram for Spice Jet Airlines, India Staff.
Awaiting for your reply. With Regards Antony Mahendran

From: Lalith Perera <focus@eureka.lk> To: Antony Mahendran <antony_avemaria@yahoo.co.in>

Sent: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 16:44:49 +0530 Subject: RE: EQ Inquiry from 6seconds.org
Dear Anthony, I would be delighted. Pl. Send me more details. Lalith

MY LETTER TO LALITH PERERA, COPY TO FR. VALLOORAN, VC AND CYRIL JOHN:

From:
prabhu
To:
focus@eureka.lk
Cc:
Divine Retreat Centre ; cyriljohn@vsnl.net ; nco

Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 3:48 PM Subject: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Bro. Lalith Perera,

My name is Michael Prabhu. I am a full-time lay evangelist from Chennai, India.

I am sending you this email because I have, only today, been able to source your email address.

You are already in receipt of two letters from me, one dated 25.11.2005, and the other dated 21.07.2006.

In each of my letters I apprised you about the New Age nature of Enneagrams, and I enclosed a hardcopy of my write-up on Enneagrams, since you are a leading charismatic preacher who is also conducting Enneagram Retreats in Sri Lanka which have been attended by many hundreds of Catholic charismatics.

On the 15th of this month, I spoke to Duthika, your son, [since you were not at home] over the telephone, and he confirmed to me about several of your Enneagram retreats.

Regrettably, you have not responded to both my letters. This ministry has been informed that you are to lead the Praise and Worship at Divine Retreat Centre at Power 2006 later this week. It is a matter of great regret that you have not abjured the practice and propagation of Enneagrams before you minister at the Divine Retreat Centre.

I will be very happy to hear from you, by return, about your final position with regard to Enneagrams before I will be obliged to convey this information to other Catholic preachers and National Service Team members, as well as post this correspondence on my website, the details of which you have in my letters as also in the articles that I have sent to you.

Yours in Jesus’ Name, Michael

Copies to: Rev. Fr. Augustine Vallooran V.C. Director-Divine Retreat Centre, Member-National Service Team, CCR; Mr. Cyril John, Chairman, National Service Team of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal

There was no response to this either, my third letter to Lalith Perera.

 

THE STORY IS FINALLY PUBLICISED BY THIS MINISTRY AFTER NO REASSURANCE TO TAKE CORRECTIVE ACTION WAS RECEIVED FROM THE DRC/NST:

From:
prabhu
To:
Michael Prabhu
Cc:
focus@eureka.lk
Bcc: Mailing List Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 6:42 PM Subject: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear friends,

With great regret I am obliged to bring to your notice the following:

7.

 

The Vatican’s Provisional Report [3rd February 2003] on the New Age explicitly warns Catholics about a device called the Enneagram.

Lalith Perera is a leading charismatic preacher from Colombo, Sri Lanka, who also preaches regular ‘Enneagram retreats’. Several hundred Sri Lankan charismatics, among others, have attended such ‘retreats’ preached by him.

I have documentary [printed] evidence of the same, as well as information downloaded from the internet.

His son Duthika has confirmed to me all of the above when I called Colombo a few days ago to talk to Bro. Lalith.

I have written to Bro. Lalith thrice during the last eight months, sending him my report on Enneagrams, and seeking a response from him, which I have not received till today.

Just a couple of days ago, Lalith has accepted an invitation to give another such programme, and I have a copy of the concerned correspondence.

Having received information that Bro. Lalith is to minister during POWER 2006, leading Praise and Worship at Divine Retreat Centre this weekend, I have also shared my findings with the highest authority at Divine Retreat Centre as well as in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. My letters to them have also included information on Enneagrams.

However, the responses that I received have not been encouraging.

This shows not only the extent to which New Age has infiltrated into the Renewal, but also the compromise that accompanies it.

Please visit this ministry’s website [http://ephesians-511.net/docs/ENNEAGRAMS-SUMMARY.doc] for information on Enneagrams.  

Complete details of the subject of this email will be uploaded after mid-August.

The updating from August 2006 will include exposes of other Church and Renewal leaders who are involved in the practice and propagation of New Age practices, alternative therapies and eastern meditation systems, or who have not been cautioned even after this ministry has brought the issues to the notice of the concerned authorities.

As a matter of fact, such communications from this ministry usually do not even elicit a response.

NOT TO OPPOSE ERROR IS TO APPROVE IT, AND NOT TO DEFEND TRUTH IS TO SUPPRESS IT.

AND INDEED TO NEGLECT TO CONFOUND EVIL … WHEN WE CAN DO IT IS NO LESS A SIN THAN TO ENCOURAGE THEM- POPE ST. FELIX III

Michael Prabhu 

COPY TO: BRO. LALITH PERERA
				

 

FINALLY, A RESPONSE FROM LALITH PERERA TO MY LETTER OF JULY 26:

From:
Lalith Perera
To:
‘prabhu’
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 7:05 AM Subject: RE: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Bro. Prabhu,

Greetings in the name of the Lord. I have no time to respond in detail as I will out in the next two weeks. But will respond when I get back. I have not done the Enneagram Retreat since the last time you wrote to me. That was sometime last year. But I will explain in detail in about two weeks time about what we are doing here in Sri Lanka and speak to you later. Yours in Christ

Lalith Perera

Lalith Perera‘s claim that he has not done Enneagram programmes since my 2005 letter to him conflicts with what his son shared with me over the ‘phone concerning his recent Enneagram workshops, see page 4.

In plain language, he lies.

 

From:
prabhu
To:
focus@eureka.lk
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 10:43 AM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Bcc:
augustine@sancharnet.in; cyriljohn@vsnl.net ; nco ; and others

Dear Bro. Lalith, I thank you for your response, which I received just a short while ago.

I look forward to your contacting me, as per your assurance, after your return from India two weeks hence.

But I would meanwhile like to point out to you the following:

1. After waiting till last night [July 27] to hear from you, I sent several hundred mails to leaders in the Renewal across India and globally. A copy of the letter[s] was marked to you. However, your letter to me [below] is in response to my email of the previous day
[July 26]. Before making this response to you, I have once again checked my mail, but I find that you have not replied to the letter in question [July 27].

Had I heard from you earlier, I could have avoided writing to all those who are connected with this ministry.

2. When I spoke to your son Duthika on the telephone two weeks ago, enquiring about your Enneagram retreats, he informed me about programmes that you had conducted in the weeks just previously, and I have noted their details.

Moreover, information on your ministry that I sourced from the internet confirms that you continue to give Enneagram retreats.

3. I am relieved to read your assurance that you discontinued giving Enneagram retreats since the ‘last time’ that I wrote to you; and that it was ‘sometime last year’. I had written to you the first time in November 2005 last year. If you had responded to my letter at that time, or even to my next letter, I would not have had to write to you again, or bring the matter to the attention of the Renewal and Divine Retreat Centre leadership.

4. In response to my letter[s] [of last night] circulated to leaders in the Renewal, I have already received a few dozen emails, including from a few priests and several leaders in ministry [from overseas too], greatly regretting that you are going to minister at Divine Retreat Centre without abjuring the propagation of Enneagrams. I am marking a copy of this letter to all of them. 8.

 

 

 

5. I would like you to know that I have nothing personal against you, or the Charismatic Renewal, or the Divine Retreat Centre. As a founder-member of the Delhi Service Team [1982], I have also spent more than 18 weeks in many visits to Divine Retreat Centre from 1995 -2000, and both the Renewal and the Potta ministries are very dear to my heart.

This ministry to expose New Age error is absolutely impartial. I do not seek to win friends by silence or compromise when I find that error is being either propagated or tolerated by leaders in the Church and in the Charismatic Renewal.

I can assure you that I am having to pay a heavy price for choosing to speak out, even though I always write in love, humility and brotherhood to those who often ignorantly and innocently are involved [either directly or by association] in New Age, and those in immediate authority in/over the situations.

It is only when my communications are ignored, or met with rejection, and sometimes even hostility, that this ministry is obliged to make the issues public, which is what has most regrettably happened in this case.

[A couple of youth were prepared to reach pamphlets against Enneagrams to the delegates at Power 2006 but your letter has made that unnecessary.]

6. In respect of your statement that you have discontinued giving Enneagram retreats, please read the following correspondence, which precedes your letter of today to me by just three days, between yourself and Mr. Antony Mahendran of Seoul, Korea, wherein you have expressed your ‘delight’ in being invited to give a talk on Enneagrams:

See page 7. 

NO RESPONSE WAS RECEIVED TO THAT LETTER.

Antony Mahendran’s correspondence with Lalith Perera [page 7] exposes the latter’s blatant lie that he had stopped giving Enneagram retreats the previous year. Such are the people who are leading charismatic ministries, shepherding people to retreats, ministering at major charismatic events and being protected and defended by authorities like Fr. Vallooran of the DRC.

 

SELECTED RESPONSES FROM PRIESTS:

From: Priest 1
To:
prabhu
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 9:45 PM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Michael,

This is quite sad but we cannot do anything about it. The Sri Lankans Charismatics do not come under the National Charismatic movement of India. About Potta also nothing can be done because the Vincentians are independent. Let us pray such things may not happen again. Father XXXXX

 

From: Priest 2
					To:
					prabhu
					Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 2:53 AM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Michael, 

I pray that Divine may not allow him to do some mission there. I am [overseas] now for one month. I will be back to India on ………. Father XXXXX
						

 

From:
Priest 3
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 1:02 PM Subject: RE: ENNEAGRAMS

My Dear Michael,
First of all, let me commend your commitment to the cause of exposing falsehood of the so-called new age – It could be better called the “New age of Satan”
Between you and me, you may be surprised to know that in St Pius {the Mumbai Seminary} the new seminarians are first made to go through the exercise of finding out their enneagrams. As a result, you can expect a lot of Mumbai priests to be hooked on to the enneagram. If you have the specific papal document, it will be good to send a copy to the Bombay bishop with copy to the rector St Pius college, Station Road, Goregaon East, Mumbai 400 063. Hoping and praying that all is well with you and the family. Bye and God Bless Father XXXXX

 

From: Priest 4
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2006 12:34 PM Subject: RE: Fw: ENNEAGRAMS

My Dear Michael,
Though I am very busy as it is the weekend, I felt that I should send you an article that I got from the internet under the name “Enneagrams – a Catholic view”. I am sending the same to you and you can also follow the link given in it.

With Blessings and Prayers Father XXXXX

 

From:
Priest 5
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2006 5:47 AM Subject: ENNEAGRAMS 

Dear Michael,

As regards Enneagrams, I personally know that it is widely practised by Catholic religious in the North. At least one (Jesuit) priest that I know uses Enneagrams as part of the Retreats he gives to the lady religious. You have written that the Vatican’s Provisional Report warns us Catholics in this regard. As I had written about ‘New Age,’ and Pranic Healing:

WHY DOES THE CATHOLIC CHURCH NOT DECLARE THESE THINGS FROM THE PULPITS, AND REPEATEDLY?

Our good Sisters, I mean the Nuns, suffer a lot by these things. As most of their input comes from Priests, when they do not hear anything to the contrary from the pulpit in the form of Encyclicals, they and the laity just accept what the priests teach them during courses, seminars and retreats. In union of prayers Father XXXXX

 

9.

 

SELECTED RESPONSES FROM LAY PERSONS INCLUDING LEADERS IN CHARISMATIC MINISTRY:

From: XXX
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2006 9:58 AM Subject: RE: ENNEAGRAMS

Hello Micheal, …Saddened to hear about the problems in the church and now even in the renewal. I guess with every passing day we are looking to please people more than God. But then the gospel needs to come true as this is something which Jesus himself spoke of, i.e corruption and problems in the last days. God bless you for what you do and may his love and grace always be with you. God bless n love
[Prayer-group leader, AUSTRALIA]

 

From:
allanpanozza*
To:
prabhu
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 6:29 AM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS *ICCRS President

Dear Michael, Many thanks for your information about the Enneagram.

I have found that one of the best books dealing with this subject is “A closer look at the Enneagram”, written some years ago by Dorothy Ranaghan. It has helped me to discuss and explain the truth about this subject many times.

Kevin Ranaghan was Deputy President of ICCRS during my early years on the Council. Blessings, ALLAN [AUSTRALIA]

 

From: XXX
To:
YY
Cc:
prabhu
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 9:58 PM Subject: FW: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear all, Read this article and also go through the site mentioned… a rich resource of information on all new age practices – catholic teachings against it. I think, we, as leaders should educate ourselves on this. Hope you will forward this to all. [Jesus Youth leader, DELHI]

 

From:
XXX
To:
prabhu
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 10:12 PM Subject: RE: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Mr. Michael, Thanks a lot for the mail…your website is really a rich source of information for all leaders. I have forwarded this to many… hope all will read it. May God bless you and your ministry abundantly. [Jesus Youth leader]

 

From:
XXX
To: michaelprabhu@vsnl.net Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2006 7:18 PM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Micheal, I appreciate your concern for the renewal. I shall see what can be done about it after verifying the facts. Thanks. [Senior charismatic renewal leader]
				

 

From:
XXX
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2006 5:12 PM Subject: RE: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Br. Michael Prabhu, Thanks for your email and the ministry that you are doing with diligence – it is not a popular one but stick on with it. You will get rewarded by the Lord Himself on that Day (sorry that there may be very few rewards on earth here – at best, it may be such emails from well wishers like me!!)

I have had some recent experiences with new age medicine and have not had very good experiences – specially with homeopathy and acupuncture-related magnet therapy treatment – I will write a detailed email or letter on this personal experience of mine (from my personal email id) and maybe it will be used of the Lord to open the eyes of many good brothers who are subtly being deceived (by the way, today there is high-level deception happening and it is the pride of man not to submit to the authoritative teaching authority in the Church magisterium –  which alone is qualified enough to see to some of these deep subtleties and bring them to light) that is principally causing this to happen. [BANGALORE]

 

From:
dawsongomes
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 10:23 AM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Mike, Praise Jesus… I too will be writing to
Divine Retreat Center with a copy of Fr Mitch Pacwa’s article on Enneagram. God Bless Dawson

Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 3:42 PM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Mike, Praise Jesus Send me e-mail addresses of Fr Augustine Vallooran. God Bless Dawson

Sent:

Friday, August 04, 2006 11:48 AM Subject: Letter sent to Cyril John

Dear Mike this is the letter sent to Cyril John and a similar one sent to Fr Augustine. God Bless Dawson
Dear Cyril,

Praise Jesus, Glory to the Lord for His mighty work in your midst.

I am enclosing an article by Fr Mitch Pacwa, a former new age practitioner, who now is very much part of EWTN. He has written books on New Age and it dangers. I read his testimony, in the New Covenant many years back, of how the Holy Spirit was being blocked when he came into the renewal.  He cited that it was his earlier practice of yoga and how he had to renounce it and only when he did that he was set free and the power of the Holy Spirit was able to flow freely. I am sure you know Fr Mitch Pacwa. I am enclosing an article on Enneagram where he speaks strongly against it I pray that you
could use it in the Charisindia magazine and also make people aware of it.
Many people who call themselves renewed know nothing about it and even leaders are ignorant about its consequences, some even practice it. The Lord says for lack of knowledge my people perish as you know that what’s the Lord says in the Book of Hosea, even Paul warns Timothy about the last days how many will turn to theses false teachers.

As you know there are many in the church specially our very own priests who teach it, are we going to keep silent or be the watchmen we are call to be and also as Charisindia exhorts us to be. I would like to remind you of the promise that you gave us at the Exposing New Age, the seminar held in Bandra that you would see that Charisindia carries articles exposing the same and you even said that those who spoke it would be a good idea if their articles were printed as you really felt that their exposure was very good*. I am still waiting and so are many of us, the days are evil and we can only do good by exposing the evil in our midst. Praying that the Lord would use you as the Heavenly Father used Jesus in the temple to cleanse it and make it a house of prayer. Praying for you. God Bless Dawson Gomes MUMBAI

*Dawson refers to the false promises made to me by Cyril John, see pages 3, 6 of
CHARISINDIA ERRORS-05

 

Sent: Friday, August 04, 2006 4:25 PM Subject: Cyril’s Response

Dear Mike, Cyril’s response for your info. God Bless, Dawson
[Leader, Burning Bush Intercession Ministry]
Dear Dawson, Thanks for your mail. I have forwarded it to the Assistant Editor of Charisindia who selects the articles and plans the issue. Thanks for your keen interest in the subject. As promised, a few articles were published which are connected with wrong practices/new age. In July issue itself, there was an article by Fr Joseph Aymanathil. The editorial board is committed to publishing good articles on new age. Thanks for your prayers and support. With loving regards and prayers, Cyril John

Cyril John‘s statements are false. Only a couple of articles of a “safe” and general nature were published, and not a single one of mine as had been assured, despite an almost year-long misleading correspondence with Mr. Constantine Fernandez of the National Charismatic Office, see CHARISINDIA ERRORS-05.

Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 2:04 PM Subject: Fr. Augustine Vallooran’s Response

Dear Mike, Praise Jesus, This is the mail I received from Fr Augustine. I am attaching it for you to read, it took some time for him to write, but I only attribute it to the power of prayer. Thanks for your prayers for our outreach, it was an awesome experience in intercession. All glory to Jesus. God Bless, Dawson
Dear Dawson, Greetings in the Holy name of Jesus!
Thank you for all the mail and the article attached.  Mr Lalith Perera was here as leader of a group of 400 Sri Lankans who came to participate in the POWER 2006 retreat. He conducted only praise and worship sessions while he was here. He will be getting his ministry certified by the Bishops in Sri Lanka to avoid further issues on this matter. Thank you for sharing your concern with me. Yours in Jesus,

Fr Augustine Vallooran VC

 

From:
dominicdixon
To:
prabhu
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 10:49 PM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Prabhu, Good work, great courage. The problem with some centers who call these people as resource people don’t really care if they are involved into the NAM. Dom, More Love Ministries, BANGALORE

From:
dominicdixon
To:
prabhu
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 10:02 AM

Dear Mike, excellent work. Just want to bring to your notice that during the 2006 Youth power conference held at Potta, they had invited a minister Mr. Joseph who had showed up drunk and sang two secular love songs while Maria Sangeeta and Fr. Augustine watched. Besides this, a lot of other stupid things had happened. The source of my information is from reliable people and from watching the video of the event. The CD is out and suggest you watch it.

From:
dominicdixon
To:
prabhu
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 3:55 PM Subject: Info

Dear Mike, There were only 68 people from Sri Lanka. Sal Solo www.salsolo.com had rebuked Maria for her attitude and behavior. Joseph is a minister of some sort. I will mail you the CD if you cannot get it from Chennai… 

From:
dominicdixon
To:
prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 10:27 PM Subject: Re: POWER 2006

Dear Prabhu, I was not there but I have seen the video and was happy I had not gone. I just confirmed by a youth leader that there were only 68 people, I will reconfirm it with another source and get back to you. 

Maria had invited some people from Bangalore who had toiled for her, these youth were in the dance and skits when she told them not to do it, so Sal, said that as long as he’s performing, they will do it and that she should have no objection. If you see that minister and the way he acted, you will be ashamed of Potta. I’m trying to arrange a copy of the CD for you.

 

From:
erikagibello
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2006 12:46 AM Subject
: Re: ENNEAGRAM

Dear Michael, I am attaching for your use my Enneagram article. Love Erika

PS. Send my article about the Enneagram to Potta. Mainly the problem with it is that it is a personality divination as is Astrologie! Apart from that the two men who invented it (taken from Sufi source) were famous occultists.

Father Vallooran knows me well and will accept my opinion. EG [LONDON]

Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 1:39 PM Subject:
Fwd: Enneagram

From:
fr augustine
To:
ERIKAGIB@aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 1:12 PM Subject: Re: Fwd: Enneagram

Dear Erika, Greetings in the Holy name of Jesus!
Thank you for your email. Regarding the issue about Lalith Perera giving enneagram retreats, allow me to clarify something. Lalith Perera was here as leader of a group of 400 Sri Lankans who came to participate in the
POWER 2006 retreat. He conducted only praise and worship sessions while he was here. Thank you for sharing your concern with me. Yours in Jesus,

Fr Augustine Vallooran VC

Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2006 6:28 PM Subject: Re: Enneagram

I will ask Fr. Rufus to forward my article on the Enneagram to the Archbishop of Sri Lanka. I think he studied with Fr. Rufus and is called Fernando. I will pray for your Press conference. EG

Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2006 2:41 PM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS / BRO. LALITH PERERA

I will try to talk to Fr. Rufus, either to ask him to send my article on or to let me have the name of this Archbishop or Bishop. In Christ Erika [Erika is Secretary, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EXORCISTS, Rome]

 

From:
fritzmascarenhas
To:
prabhu
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 7:30 PM Subject: Re: Thanks Michael

Dear Michael, Thanks for your email regarding Enneagram and also about Lalith. If I have a chance I will talk to him. May the Lord strengthen and encourage you to warn the flock of the dangers creeping in. In His love and prayers,

Fritz Mascarenhas [Director, International Catholic Programme or Evangelization (ICPE), BANGALORE. Fritz was one of the preachers at the same programme] 11.

 

 

From:
javierlopeztorres
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2006 11:29 PM Subject: Enneagram

Praise the Lord! Dear Michael, It’s a pity, the enneagram issue. In the Encyclical letter “Jesus Christ, The Bearer of the Water of Life – A Christian Reflection on the New Age”, enneagram is mentioned a lot of times! 

They are many good links on the net: http://catholiculture.com/docs/doc_view.cfm?recnum=4634

http://www.ourladyswarriors.org//dissent/enneagram.htm In Christ+ Javier
[Internet ministry, SPAIN]

 

From:
XXX
To:
prabhu
Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2006 10:03 AM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Mike, Thank you so much for this mail. I checked out your website. It is extremely good.

However, the pages on yoga are going too far to the right, which makes reading them difficult.

 

From:
XXX
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Friday, August 11, 2006 12:25 PM Subject: News snippet in Deccan Herald

Dear Michael, Thanks for your mail on Enneagrams. From a friend, I heard about the retreat at Divine. One thing that disturbs is the performance by the ex-Rock stars of Christian music.
The Spirit of God who hovered over the chaos in the beginning will bring order and beauty out of today’s confusion too.
We have that promise! …Hope all well at home. With prayers,

 

From:
marialaurapio
To:
prabhu
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 12:59 PM Subject: RE: ENNEAGRAMS

Very dear Michael, 
I just wanted to thank you again for the excellent work you are doing of informing about New Age ideas and techniques infiltrating our Church, and for all the efforts in order to inform those leaders who are actively promoting them, as this recent case of Bro. Lalith. You have done all you can, and I am sure that your mail will help other people realize the problem, and some of them will certainly try to contact Bro Lalith about this matter. The Holy Spirit needs you, so keep up the excellent work!!! Very warmly in Christ, Maria Laura
[Catholic apologetics internet ministry, SWITZERLAND]

From:
marialaurapio To:
prabhu
Sent: Monday, July 31, 2006 12:22 PM Subject: RE: ENNEAGRAMS

Very dear Michael,
The New Age infiltrations you are denouncing do a very profound harm in the Church. The Holy Spirit has found in you a person that is willing to do something about it. As Jesus says, we cannot pretend to be treated by men better than He was when we do God’s Will. Persecution in this case is a sign that you are on the right track. Hold hard! My husband and I will keep you very specially in our prayers and I offer to the Lord my small everyday sacrifices for you. You have a strong faith, and Jesus is next to you every step you take. I find it very encouraging to see that several persons have written to support you and I am sure that several others, even though not writing to you, will have taken some type of action. In the end, what counts, is that you do what you have to do. The result is in God’s hands. Very warmly in Christ, Maria Laura
 

 

From:
marinorestrepo
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 2:24 PM Subject: RE: ENNEAGRAMS.

Greetings from London. Dear Michael:

Thank you very much for your letter on the enneagram and the retreats that the brother is giving back where you are. I’m 100% with you in this battle and praise the Lord right now for your apostolate. Please be so kind to give me that brothers e-mail so that I can send him my words on his ministry and I’ll do the same with different catholic groups and communities around the world, to get them to write to him exhorting him to wake up into the truth. In Christ Jesus,
Marino Restrepo, Pilgrims of Love www.marinorestrepo.com
[International Catholic preacher, COLOMBIA]

 

From:
XXX
To:
prabhu
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 6:18 PM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Thank You, dear Michael for the information on ENNEAGRAMS. In fact we do not know much about bro. Lalith.  However, we pray that the Lord may give you strength and courage to pursue this matter. Love [MANGALORE]

 

From:
XXX
To:
prabhu
Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 8:07 AM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Michael, Thanks for your e-mail with the details.  Thank God for all the encouragement and the responses received, which has helped you, in this your single handed battle.  Even though I can do nothing much in this respect I shall definitely pray for you and I know you will succeed one day. [MANGALORE]

 

From:
pamelamathias
To:
‘prabhu’
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 8:54 AM Subject: RE: ENNEAGRAMS

Hi Michael, Thanks for your message.  In short how are they not good for us. There was a priest sometime ago who held Enneagram seminars in the parish. I am getting better and in fact I am thinking of making a trip to India on my frequent flyer points thru Qantas Airlines… Thinking about beginning Sept 06.  Look forward to your reply. Love & Blessings, Pam
[Trained counselor, AUSTRALIA]

 

From:
rappainedumpara
To:
prabhu
Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2006 10:15 AM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Michael: I could write to DRC only today. If I get a response I will let you know**.

Meanwhile, let me know where you live. Rappai Nedumpara
[CANADA]

 

 

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**From: “Family Prayer Mission” <familyprayer@sympatico.ca> To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Cc:
rappainedumpara

Sent: Sunday, August 13, 2006 12:05 AM Subject: Enneagram Retreat

Dear Michael: I have received a reply from Fr. Augustine, DRC, a few days ago. As I had promised to you, here is the relevant portion for your information:
Dear Mr Rappai, Thank you for all the mails. As for the issue about Lalith Perera giving enneagram retreats, allow me to clarify something. Lalith Perera was here as leader of a group of 400 Sri Lankans who came to participate in the POWER 2006 retreat. He conducted only praise and worship sessions while he was here. Thank you for sharing your concern with me. Yours in Jesus, Fr Augustine Vallooran VC

 

From:
richardmascarenhas
To:
prabhu
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 2:11 PM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Br. Prabhu, Thank you for the detailed article on the Enneagram. The following paragraph is taken from the article that you posted. It refers to the article written by Fr. Pacwa, is it available online for downloading.

‘When his parish was about to sponsor an enneagram workshop, he distributed the articles to parish council members so they could rethink the issue in the light of more information. The seminars were not held’, wrote Fr. Pacwa, When the New Age comes to your Parish, New Covenant, March 1992. Committed Catholics everywhere can effectively do the same whether it may be the case of enneagram workshops to be conducted in their parishes or enneagram titles on the shelves of their local Catholic bookstore.
Thanks, In Christ, Richard Mascarenhas
[OMAN]

From:
richardmascarenhas
To:
prabhu
Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2006 9:58 AM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Prabhu, It is really sad to know, that inspite of providing sufficient details to prove that the New Age methods are evangelisation are harmful to the Catholic Spirit of worship.  It is surprising, that knowledgeable (?) people within the Church and lay ministers ignore such revelations made available to them. Knowing what they are doing is not good, they still continue. Have they lost the fear of God? Their personal agenda’s seems to give take precedence over their desire to preach Christ. I feel greatly distressed when I hear and see such things happening in the Catholic Churches and Retreat Centres. I was thinking of you yesterday when during the course of the Konkani Prayer Meeting, (we had the Adoration of Blessed Sacrament, held last week of every month and conducted by the Priest, by force so to say as it was earlier done by the lay people) he began with chanting “OM Shanti Shanti”.  Earlier too he had recited during his homily in one of the Konkani Mass.  I am sure he must be chanting it daily in his prayers.  I couldn’t concentrate the entire hour.

The literature on OM that I had requested from you was to forward it to him.  But since the article is not precisely on OM I haven’t done it.  If you could give me some sources from where to get, I will post it to him along with a cassette of Fr, Jerry. Meeting him personally is out of question as he is extremely short tempered and has no hesitation in raising his voice and using language which you and I would hesitate.  And so anything that u can help me with, before he starts to go all out with OM, seeing there is no opposition to its use. Prabhu, I thank you for sharing all the details with me, and I assure you of my prayers so that the truth will prevail sooner and save many a souls. With best wishes, In Christ Richard M

 

From: XXX
To:
prabhu
Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2006 11:27 PM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Prabhu, Thank you very much for the replay…  I had downloaded what you said in www.ephesians-511.net  if the 45 page write-up is something different please forward to me. I can rush through it and read it later.   

Hope you are doing well with your family and hope that your ministry is going well. These days I am little busy with my theology lessens and assignments. I am keeping fine.  Wish you all the best… With love and prayer, Br. XXX

From: XXX
To:
prabhu
Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2006 8:44 PM Subject: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Prabhu, Thank you very much for the attachment.  I down loaded it and just rush through it.  It is very valuable.  Thank you very much.  May the Lord bless you.. Love, Br.

 

From:
saratfernandes
To:
prabhu
Cc: reslfernandes Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2006 12:29 PM
Subject:
RE: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Michael Thank you for your timely warning .My daughter has just gone to Potta for the world youth conference but had already left before I received this. Never mind – something to discus on her return. When I was doing a course in marketing management in the early 70’s one of my professors explained the Jo–Hari Window. I am sure you have come across this. I found that useful to a point but in the area where it says unknown I substituted the fact that God knows everything about us which is a comforting thought. I wanted to know what your views were on this interpretation of Jo Hari window. I certainly do not wish to give any more credence to humanistic ideas. So grateful for your advice on the above as well as where psychology plays a useful role or not. Every blessing in Jesus [LONDON]

 

From: XXXXX To:
prabhu
Sent: Saturday, July 29, 2006 11:15 AM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Prabhu, I informed the official Charismatic Leader of the Renewal in SL. Lalith is a breakaway group. To my surprise, he too is using Enneagram in his programs. He even forwarded an article by an American priest who promotes it. 

I am therefore giving the e mail address of this leader. You can forward everything that you sent me without any acknowledgment to me… Already the Charismatic Renewal is fragmented… write to the Archbishop [Oswald Gomes]

archbishop@sltnet.lk. Dr. Deryne Wanigaratne who is one of the top leaders of the official renewal delrymon@yahoo.co.uk

[Charismatic Renewal preacher, SRI LANKA]

 

From:
XXX
To:
prabhu
Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2006 12:11 AM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

God bless you Mike… You may not see the fruits but you will carry the battle, just for the love of the Lord. Keep me posted and send me the new link as soon as it is up for your website. 
13.

 

From: XXX
To:
prabhu
Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2006 7:53 PM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Hi Michael, PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!

I am really glad that you oppose the works of darkness and I do support you in prayer and also I am interceding for the church. This is my way of opposing the works of darkness. My love to Angey and self, love and prayers

 

MY LETTERS TO THE ARCHBISHOP, SRI LANKA:

From:
prabhu
To:
archbishop@sltnet.lk
Cc:
Divine Retreat Centre ; focus@eureka.lk

Sent: Friday, August 18, 2006 9:06 AM Subject: ENNEAGRAMS / BRO. LALITH PERERA: LETTER FROM INDIA

KIND ATTENTION: ARCHBISHOP MOST REV. OSWALD GOMIS, COLOMBO, SRI LANKA 

Your Grace, With great regret I am obliged to bring to your notice the following about Br. Lalith Perera:

…Please visit this ministry’s new website: www.ephesians-511.net ] for information on Enneagrams.  

Complete details of the subject of this email will be uploaded on the websites shortly.

The information that is yet to be uploaded on the websites, as well as all information about Bro Lalith Perera can be sent to you immediately on receipt of your request for the same.

The updating from August 2006 will include exposes of other Church and Renewal leaders who are involved in the practice and propagation of Enneagrams and other New Age practices, alternative therapies and eastern meditation systems, or who have not been cautioned even after this ministry has brought the issues to the notice of the concerned Church and Renewal authorities.

Several Catholics have written to Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC asking that Lalith Perera not be allowed to minister at the Convention. He has informed them that Lalith Perera has brought 400 persons from Sri Lanka to Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor for POWER 2006, that Lalith Perera has led just one session of Praise and Worship and also that “He will be getting his ministry certified by the Bishops in Sri Lanka to avoid further issues on this matter.”

The purpose of this letter is therefore to inform your Grace that Lalith Perera is expected to contact you or other Sri Lankan bishops for certification, and for you to ascertain whether he has abjured preaching Enneagrams or not.

COPY TO BRO. LALITH PERERA: Dear Brother, You have failed to keep your promise to write to me after 2 weeks.

Cc:
					augustine@sancharnet.in ; focus@eureka.lk
					Bcc:
					cyriljohn@vsnl.net ; antony_avemaria@yahoo.co.in etc.

 

AND TO THE CCR LEADER, COLOMBO, SRI LANKA:

From:
prabhu
To:
delrymon@yahoo.co.uk
Cc:
Divine Retreat Centre ; focus@eureka.lk

Sent: Friday, August 18, 2006 9:05 AM Subject: ENNEAGRAMS / BRO. LALITH PERERA : LETTER FROM INDIA

KIND ATTENTION: DR. DERYNE WANIGARATNE, CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL, SRI LANKA

Dear Dr. Deryne Wanigaratne…

NOTE: The above two letters are almost identical to the ones sent to the Renewal leaders/ Divine Retreat Centre in India, and so are not reproduced completely here. All the necessary correspondence on the subject was included.

NO RESPONSE WAS RECEIVED FROM BOTH, DESPITE A REMINDER SENT TO EACH OF THEM.

 

Using and teaching ENNEAGRAMS is not the only issue with Lalith Perera. Despite being recognized as a resource person for Catholic ministry, he is an astute businessman. His website gives details of the many courses he has done to qualify himself in ‘programmes to change peoples lives’- different types of psychological counseling*,
“‘right living’ way of life that guarantees peace of mind”, “transformational living”, “dealing with one’s weaknesses”, etc.

How is a person who finds little use for Biblical counseling and the charisms of the Holy Spirit so popular in charismatic circles in Sri Lanka and even in India?

Lalith Perera continues to be minister at Divine Retreat Centre year after year, bringing along with him large numbers of Sri Lankans for the international youth programmes

*see my separate articles on the great spiritual dangers in secular psychological counseling [promoted by many priests/Catholic institutions], much of which is New Age.

 

LETTER RECEIVED FROM A SUPPORTER* OF LALITH PERERA:

From:
Paul John
paul_pcj@yahoo.com

To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Cc:
focus@eureka.lk ; cyriljohn@vsnl.net ; antony_avemaria@yahoo.co.in ; augustine@sancharnet.in ; tabor@sltnet.lk
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2007 11:41 AM Subject: Enneagram

Dear Brother Michael 

I read your article concern enneagram criticizing Bro. Lalith and thought of writing a note to you.

*This letter is an example of what I referred to on page 1 when I wrote, point 2b, that many charismatics cannot tolerate correction. Their unquestioning loyalty is to their leaders and prayer groups, not to the Church. In this case, it does not concern Paul that Rome has spoken in a Document against enneagrams.

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Stop Criticizing Servants of God. You and no one has the right to Judge and Criticizing except The Righteousness one has the all right and the Power to do and he will do in His time. If you see a problem Start Praying to God instead criticizing. I believe that you will not disbelieve that Lord can Change People.

I have been attending Lalith Prayer Meeting on Wednesday, I give Glory to the Lord the way His spirit is moving, I have seen and witness lifes been changed, life’s been transformed. It not because of any ability of Lalith (I guess Lalith will agree with me) it all to do with the Manifestation of His Holy Spirit. I thank God the way He uses Lalith in Sri Lanka.

In Country like us and India life’s of Millions of people need to be saved. Every days Millions of people dying and perishing not knowing JESUS. Lets stop criticizing and finding fault, and we will see how HIS great commission could be fulfilled. 

Time is precious and it belong to God Lets use it to Bless, Edify end encourage each others. 

May the Anointing of the Lord be with Lalith Thatha and his team and May the Lord use Him Mightily. I pray that Lalith and His team will always be covered by the Precious Protective Redemptive and Authoritative Blood of Jesus. 

God Bless Every one and I pray Bro. Michael will experience the Love of God. Yours in Christ, Paul

Note: I don’t except a reply from Bro. Michael

 

AND MY RESPONSE:

From:
prabhu
To:
paul_pcj@yahoo.com ; focus@eureka.lk ; cyriljohn@vsnl.net ; antony mahendran ; Divine Retreat Centre ; tabor@sltnet.lk
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2007 7:08 PM Subject:
ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Brother Paul John,

Thank you for your great concern for truth as perceived by your goodself, and your advice to me. 

It is only the fourth or fifth such letter that this ministry has received in all these years, and it helps one to understand the extent of deception and compromise within the Catholic Charismatic Renewal itself.

If you did not “except” a reply from me, then you should have limited addressing your letter to me alone.

Since you have marked copies to Bro. Lalith, to Mr. Cyril John, and to Fr. Augustine Vallooran, I am obliged to respond.

1. My article does not “criticize Br. Lalith”. Or anyone else.

My writings are meant to bring awareness of New Age error in the Catholic Church irrespective of whom the person involved is. I do not seek to gain favour, recognition or platform from any person, or any organisation. Both Mr. Cyril John and Fr. Augustine can vouch for my impartiality from their many years of knowing me.

Almost 7 or 8 years ago, I had even brought to the notice of Fr. Vallooran that three senior lay persons ministering at Divine Retreat Centre were Master Reiki or Pranic healers.

2. My articles are posted only after sufficient investigation, documentation, and correspondence.

And when error is justified, defended, ignored, or left uncorrected.

You may ask Br. Lalith why he did not write to me on his return from India, as assured by him to me.

I had first written to him long before the event in question, but he did not respond.

3. My article concerns “Enneagrams”. I believe that the Vatican Document of February 3, 2003 on the New Age speaks more about it than any other particular or specific New Age practice. Unlike most Catholics, I am unable and unwilling to remain a passive spectator when error, New Age or any other is propagated.

I find it rather odd that you did not attempt to deny that Bro. Lalith teaches Enneagrams. One or two persons have denied that fact or claimed [falsely] that he stopped before coming to India. Still one or two others – who were aware of the warnings in the said Document] – felt that it was not a big issue.

4. I would have expected that some of the concerned people would have appreciated- instead of condemning- me for my alertness and my burden for the Church.

Fr. Vallooran, in February of 1995, confirmed my ministry with Jeremiah 1: 4, 5 when I met him as an unknown person for the very first time. He confirmed it to me at subsequent meetings.

Mr. Cyril John has met with me on two occasions since 2003, once in Mumbai, and earlier in Vijayawada. Both the times, he has publicly [in the presence of other senior leaders of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal] stated- among other things- that my ministry needs to be encouraged at the national level and that any of my material does not need to be checked or verified because it is authentically Catholic.

I trust that nothing has changed since then, except the increase in compromise and the unwillingness of more leaders to hear the truth when error is discovered among their associates and in their own organisations.

5. If you believe that my ministry is “critcizing and finding fault”, maybe you would like to see the thousands of supportive letters that I have received since 2003 alone from CBCI Commissions, Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops, superiors of religious orders, priests and seminarians and lay leaders in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal [including members of the ICCRS] from all over the world, and most major retreat centres and ministries in India. 

You might also like to read the Acts of the Apostles where the disciples of Jesus Christ not only propagated the Gospel, but also defended the Church from error. Peter and Paul also identified by name those in the early Church who would lead Christians astray by deceitful teachings and practices.

A number of persons in recognized charismatic ministry and leadership from all over the world wrote to Fr. Augustine, whom they and I deeply respect, under copy to me. Were they too “critcizing and finding fault”?

6. Bro. Lalith Perera must abjure the practice and propagation of Enneagrams, if he is to be recognized as Catholic [because currently he is in defiance of Church teaching], leave alone the leader of a huge charismatic ministry, and he must also undo the damage done to thousands of lay Catholics in Sri Lanka through his Enneagram seminars by admitting his error and reading them the truth from the Vatican Document, or from Fr. Mitch Pacwa SJ’s book “Catholics and the New Age”, chapters “Tell Me Who I Am, O Enneagram” and “Occult Roots of the Enneagram”. 15.

 

Fr. Mitch Pacwa was in the New Age and in practice and teaching of Enneagrams, and was Christian enough to publicly confess his error and make amends for it by writing the book, and several others like it. In the book, he NAMES those involved in promoting Enneagrams, including eminent priests. So does one of the co-founders of the Renewal, prophet and author of many books on errors within the Church [Ralph Martin].

Are Bro. Lalith and the others connected with this episode Christian and humble enough to emulate Fr. Mitch?

Those who defend Bro. Lalith, or who remain silent and non-committal, share the guilt of Bro. Lalith.

7. You pray that I will “experience the Love of God” but do not want me to reply, meaning that you have closed the door on me. Is that what Bro. Lalith has taught you through his prayer meetings and Enneagram retreats?

I do not give up on anyone, brother Paul John. Lalith can become a leading warrior to preach the error of Enneagrams, and he may be invited by the National Service Team and by Divine Retreat Centre to give his testimony like Fr. Mitch Pacwa is now doing.

I, too, pray with you, that Lalith may be covered and protected by the Blood of Jesus. I do not wish to see the name of anyone maligned, or the soul of anyone lost, through the unnecessary propagation of New Age error along with charismatic ministry. Bro. Lalith is not alone. There are even senior priests in the Renewal in India who promote other New Age practices, but who have their defenders in the national and regional leadership.

That indeed we live in the last times [in the words of the said Document] is confirmed by the fact that those in the Renewal who promote error are felicitated and used to teach and minister to others, while the ministries of those who expose and combat error are maligned and isolated. God save the Renewal!!!!!

Yours, Michael Prabhu

Bcc to all those who responded to the original article.

PS. My 50-page article on ENNEAGRAMS has been taken off the website for updating and will be re-installed shortly.

 

From:
vijay
To:
paul_pcj@yahoo.com
Cc:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net ; focus@eureka.lk ; cyriljohn@vsnl.net ; antony_avemaria@yahoo.co.in ; augustine@sancharnet.in ; tabor@sltnet.lk

Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2007 12:52 PM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS – Abstain from every form of evil

Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22)

Dear Bro. Paul John, I read your letter, which you wrote to Bro. Michael regarding Enneagram and Bro. Lalith. I like to say something to you. Bro. Paul John, What will you do if one of your sons or daughters became a drug addict and started to spread the same habit to the other members for your family? Will you warn others of your family to be careful with [abstain from] him or not?

What the Word of God Instructs:-
Jesus Says: “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one.  But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a gentile and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 18:15-18) NRSV 

Our Forerunners of Faith have taught us by giving an exemplary life. St. Athanasius fought against the Arian heresy, even when he was only a deacon, he condemned the Bishops who promoted the heresy. So there is nothing wrong in criticizing the heretics, even if they are Bishops or Cardinals. 

The Papal Preacher says to raise your voice against the scars of the Church:-
There is the risk that someone might do exactly what Saint-Exupery is condemning here. It would be the case of someone leaving the Church and then going from university to university, from newspaper to newspaper, from congress to congress, giving voice to his bitter accusations against the ‘institutional’ Church, as if this were a completely different thing to his ideal of the Church, thinking he can save his own honour by presenting the Church in a bad light. We know that the world thinks wonders of those who leave the Church. Speaking of those who abandon the Church for some heretical sect which immediately confers honour and rank on them, Tertullian said, ‘ How easy promotion is when you pass over to the enemy’s side!’ (Against Heretics, 41, 9). It is often the case that one hides one’s total loss of faith behind a thick cloud of accusations against the Church. 

Should everyone always keep silent then in the Church? No. Once  you have ‘returned home’, once you have wept for the Church, once you have humbled yourself beneath her feet, God may command you, as he did with others in the past, to raise your voice against the ‘scars of the Church’. But not before then, and not without this risky mission causing you some form of death. The saints have applied to the Church what Job said to God: ‘Should he kill me, I will continue hoping in him'(Job 13:15 – Vulgate Translation) [The Power of the Cross by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa p144-145]

Vijay

Note: The note at the end of your letter, ‘I don’t except a reply from Bro. Michael’, sounds a Nazi style. Please don’t write like a Nazi.

 

From:
antony mahendran
To:
Paul John
Cc:
focus@eureka.lk ; cyriljohn@vsnl.net ; antony_avemaria@yahoo.co.in ; augustine@sancharnet.in ; tabor@sltnet.lk ; MICHEL PRABHU
Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2007 7:18 PM

Subject: Re: Enneagram

Dear Bro. Paul John 

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Thanks a lot for your concern towards Bro. Lalith. I had been there in Colombo for a year during 2003-2004 and I have attended several prayer meetings of him. Yes I agree with you, thousands of people attend his prayer meetings. 

But the danger begins here, now Lalith is becoming popular as an Enneagram preacher all over and he had conducted Enneagram Retreats for the same crowd who attend his regular prayer meetings. This is how the evil spirit deceives everyone. I have already written more about Bro. Lalith and my experience in his enneagram retreats. Also my younger brother Antony Vijayendran had replied you with a good answer. Remembering you and Bro. Lalith in my prayers With Fraternal Love Antony Mahendran
Bangalore, India

 

From: XXX To:
prabhu  Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 10:56 PM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Mike, Each time I read you, I cannot help admiring the gift of tenacity the Lord has blessed you with.  God Bless and with much love.

 

From: XXX
To:
prabhu
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 8:51 AM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAMS

Dear Michael, Just a note to tell you I am praying for you and your ministry. I am happy to note you are not getting discouraged by criticism. I will write more at length in a few days. Love to Angela.

 

From:
XXX
To:
michaelprabhu@vsnl.net
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 12:57 PM Subject: ENNEAGRAM

Dear Michael, I was going through [your web site] with regards to Lalith Perera and his enneagram programs.

I have no faith and trust in this person and believe he is leading many people astray. The saddest is that the so-called intelligent people also leave the Catholic Church to follow him. The priests who have dedicated their lives to preach the Word of God leaving behind their families and giving up so much – are deserted for this joker. Cannot something be done to stop him from leading so many people astray including some foolish nuns and priests as well? [SRI LANKA]

From:
prabhu
To:
XXX
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 1:12 PM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAM

Thank you for writing. I greatly appreciate your feedback.

What is/are the specific problem/s with Lalith Perera apart from his teaching enneagram personality-typing?

That is what we need very much to know to get him stopped here in India.

The second thing that I need to know is this: the email addresses of the main Sri Lankan bishops and charismatic leaders.

The third thing I need to know is: Is he still continuing to give enneagram retreats in Sri Lanka? Michael

From:
XXX
To:
prabhu
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 2:00 PM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAM

Dear Michael, Please can you elaborate on this enneagram personality typing as I am ignorant about this.

I have heard many stories about Lalith. One is from a lady I met in church who told me that her brother use to go to listen to him and finally he got very sick, had a mental breakdown and now is now a recluse. So many stories about him. I know for sure when this movement started there were so many so called brothers, who had a lot of indifferences of opinions with each other as they all wanted to be more popular that the other. I know they do not practice what they preach, throw stones, mock in a subtle way the way others practice their religion and in my mind the biggest hypocrites going. All I know that in the end they will destroy the good that was done by our dedicated priests and lead many astray.

Please see that you don’t quote me as I am only giving my opinion and will work together to see that they do not mix our religious beliefs with a distorted version. I will have to check for the email address you need, please give me more time ok.

Your request for the email addresses of charismatic leaders will draw a blank as I do not believe most as they come to preach the word of God, convince the people that they have to contribute the 10% the way they say. What happens after that is that they become rich, go about in top of the range cars, kids are educated abroad etc. I agree that we should give but it should be the way we want as God will know, we do not have to show the world. 

I will only follow the Church and what it teaches me. I am so sick of these false prophets. 

From:
prabhu
To:
XXX
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 3:56 PM Subject: Re: ENNEAGRAM

First let me give you my assurance that I will not use your name.

Next, it is difficult to nail people like Lalith without specific information. If you see the reports on my website www.ephesians-511.net, I always give proper and thorough documentation. That is why the leaders and bishops cannot criticise and condemn my ministry. In the case of Lalith, I need documentation. That is why I asked you whether he is still giving enneagram programmes. If I can have proof of that, he can be nailed down!

Now you asked me what enneagrams are.

On my website there are two articles on enneagrams. They are:

ENNEAGRAMS SUMMARY http://ephesians-511.net/docs/ENNEAGRAMS_SUMMARY.doc

ENNEAGRAM PRACTITIONER MINISTERS AT DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE [re-presented as DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ERRORS-01]

Please also learn about the New Age dangers to our Catholic Church from the website www.ephesians-511.net.

Please pray for my ministry. Like you, I too fully stand with Catholic Church teaching and not any individual’s unless it is exactly the same as that of Mother Church.

When you come to Chennai, India, please be our guest. Love and prayers, Michael and Angela Prabhu

 

 

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Enneagram practitioner continues to minister at the Divine Retreat Centre for the 7th successive year

 

From:
preena.joelrodriguez@gmail.com
To:
undisclosed-recipients:
Sent: Monday, July 02, 2012 9:17 AM

Subject: POWER 2012 – Divine Retreat Centre

Dear and Precious Friend in Christ, Warm and Prayerful Greetings from the Divine Retreat Centre!

We have begun preparations for POWER 2012, the 7th International Youth Conference here at Divine Retreat Centre, Kerala from 22 to 27 July 2012. And we are delighted to invite you with your family, friends and relatives to be here with us at this special week. During this week there will also be held simultaneously the International Couples Retreat, Children’s Retreat and the Bible nursery for the tiny tots.

The theme of the Conference this year is the grand declaration: “Christ in you, Hope of Glory” (Col 1:27). We rush through life hardly having the time or the courage or the light to see what is there within us. We are challenged by the impossibilities and settle for a defeated existence. During this week we shall be led to discover the glorious presence of God that dwells within us and the great possibility God offers us to live life in all its fullness. The Conference will be led by Rev Fr Augustine Vallooran, VC. Each day begins with lively praise & soulful worship. Through the day there are inspiring messages preached by the Divine team and bishops, priests, preachers and gospel choirs from across the globe. Each day ends with crowning moments of the Holy Mass & Eucharistic Adoration. This year the team includes Rev Fr Michael Payyapilly, VC, the preachers of Divine Retreat Centre, Bishop Julian Porteous of Sydney, Rev Fr Stan Fortuna, CFFR, (a favourite with the youth and known as the Rapping Friar), Rev Fr Andre Patenaude, MS, (an extraordinary singer and musician from the US), Jude Antoine and the Empowered Music Ministry from Malaysia, Lalit Perera and the Risen Lord Community Singers from Sri Lanka, Fritz Mascarenhas (ICPE) and Colin Calmiano (Spread Your Wings), the FAITH band (from Goa) and Divine’s own music ministry led by Glen & Teresa La’rive. There will also be special testimonies, worship dances, skits. Groups of youth from around the world will be here to journey together to the experience of the heart of God. All in all this week will be a rich experience of the Church and of the faith. 

The Conference begins at 10 am on 22nd July 2012, Sunday and ends at 1 pm on 27th July, 2011, Friday.   Registration will commence on 20th July at 6 pm. Please ensure to make your travel plans accordingly.  

Registration fee is 400 Rs for Local cuisine and 1200 Rs for Continental cuisine and covers the cost of food and stay in the dormitory for the retreat period. This fee can be paid by demand draft and sent to us along with your registration form (attached with this document) for us to register your names and ensure that all the formalities when you arrive here will be completed at a separate counter.

Rooms are available for physically sick people and families with room sponsor cards. The Sponsor cards are meant for the use of the sponsor and their immediate family members only. First preference for rooms would be given to those who have room cards and to those who do prior registration. Youth must stay in the dormitories for the complete retreat experience.

Please bring your own Bible, note pad, pen, bed sheets and toiletries.

We would request you to dress code in a manner appropriate to maintain the sanctity of this place of prayer. Please avoid sleeveless, transparent, above-the-knee, sub-waist trousers, super-tight choking stuff. It is monsoon time – it is going to be raining a bit and quite cool, so an umbrella and rain-proof footwear are recommended.

Here at Divine we are praying for all the doors to open for your travel plans and for a fruitful retreat experience.  We seek your prayers for us as we prepare for this great season of God’s salvation.

For further details, please contact divineyouth.drc@gmail.com.

Yours in Christ,

Preena

for DIVINE YOUTH

 

A U.S. apologist writes to a priest who mentions the Enneagram during his homily

03 August 2003

St. Mary Catholic Church

242 North State Street,

Painesville, Ohio 44077

Attn: Rev. Fr. Michael Stalla

Dear Fr. Stalla,

Yesterday evening I attended the 5 P.M. vigil Mass at St. Mary’s wherein you were the celebrant. I am not a parishioner but attend Mass at your parish once or twice a year when in the area. First, I would like to commend you on having such a moving and beautiful Holy Mass. You seem to be a wonderful priest that our diocese is quite fortunate to have. Thank you for answering the call and becoming a priest! You are in my prayers.

 

 

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The remainder of this letter may seem to be an oxymoron based on what I just said, but I assure you, it is not.

During your otherwise excellent Homily, you mentioned (almost in passing) the Enneagram and where you placed on it – a procrastinator. Fortunately, you did not recommend that Catholics participate in the Enneagram. I have done a considerable amount of research on the Enneagram and have found that it has occult roots. There is no question that it is part of the New Age practices, is contrary to Catholic teachings and should be avoided. Merely mentioning this during your Homily will be accepted as an endorsement by many whom heard you and will be a temptation to look into it.

“The Enneagram originates in contemporary Sufism, Sufism being an offshoot of Islam. Contemporary Sufism, which claims 40 million adherents, has become a mix of pantheism, magic and rationalism with a belief in telepathy, teleportation, foreknowledge, transmigration of souls and a denial of a personal God. The man primarily responsible for transmitting the Enneagram into the West was George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, an Armenian occultist who lived in Russia from 1877 to 1947. For Gurdjieff, the Enneagram had secret powers not particularly allied to personality typology. He believed all knowledge can be included in the Enneagram and with the help of the Enneagram it can be interpreted.”

“For example, on the cover of the Hurley-Dobson book, What’s My Type? readers are enticed to use the Enneagram in order to: Identify the secret promise of your personality type; Break out of your self-defeating patterns; and Transform your weaknesses into unimagined strengths. The more you read about it, the more it begins to resemble a college-educated horoscope; and that is not compatible with Catholic doctrine or practice. The more one runs into claims of an ‘upward spiral of self-transformation’, the further we seem to be away from Christianity and the more we get involved in Neoplatonism and Gnosticism. As a tool for Spiritual Direction, it seems to me most deficient, even dangerous. The Enneagram is really built on a theology (?)-perhaps ideology-of self-renewal and self-regeneration that is a far cry from (perhaps contradiction of) the Gospel teaching (read John 12:24 here).”

Do not the above quotations seem to conflict with Holy Scripture? “Let there not be found among you anyone who immolates his son or daughter in the fire, nor a fortune-teller, soothsayer, charmer, diviner, or caster of spells, or one who consults ghosts and spirits or seeks oracles from the dead. Anyone who does such things is an abomination to the Lord, and because of such abominations The Lord, your God, is driving these nations out of your way.”

If the Internet is available to you, there is a website that has several excellent articles written by Catholic priests and laity about the dangers of the Enneagram. The site is http://www.petersnet.net/. I get the site through the Yahoo search engine. The first choice in the menu will be Petersnet: Home. Click this choice. At the top of the page is a search mode. Type in Enneagram and ‘Go’ and it will take you to a list of articles.

Sincerely in Christ,

Ronald Smith

11701 Maplewood Road, Chardon, Ohio 44024-8482 Email: hfministry@roadrunner.com.

 

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