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14 APRIL, 2008, APRIL 2012
THE FRANCISCANS OF BON SECOURS
NEW AGE ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES AT A PROVINCIALATE IN CHENNAI
The Franciscans of Bon Secours [F.B.S.] nuns have two large campuses in Chennai, each of them housing several educational institutions. One of them is located at the East end of Raja Annamalai Puram, less than a kilometer from the address of this ministry. The other is situated just beyond the West end, about three kilometers inland.
While driving past the latter a couple of weeks ago, I noticed a large board on a stand erected on the school wall. It advertised the “Joy Naturopathy and Yoga Centre” of a Sr. Mary Luke. On the school gate hung a banner announcing a Free Medical Check-up the following week, organized by Sr. Mary Luke under the auspices of the Punjab Youth Association (Regd.) [PYAR]. Visitors could also avail of certain treatments by Sr. Mary Luke [see below for details] and Pranic Healing by Birgit Alexandra Siebler, a German national.
I visited the Centre from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm on April 6, 2008 with Angela, my wife, to check out the invitation.
We gave blood samples, got our blood groups confirmed, tested our blood for sugar, and had our vision examined for free.
My wife suffers from high blood pressure and I from acute glaucoma, and we were advised to come over to the clinic [hospital] in another part of the city where we could receive treatment and prescriptions [not for free].
It was clear that with Sr. Mary Luke letting out the Centre on the school premises for this “free” check-up, PYAR would be footing the bill for the visit of the doctor, the ophthalmologist, and the paramedical staff of the Clinic, and Sr. Mary Luke would be able to display her wares to the visiting patients. We then set about examining these “wares” for ourselves.
Sr. Mary Luke’s business card reads as follows:
DR. SR. MARY LUKE
M. A., M. Ed.,
Dr. AC., D. Y. T., D. N. Y. S., D. M. T., D. F. M. P., M. D. (M. A.)
Yoga / GEM / Magneto Therapist / Reiki Grand Master / Homoeo Bio / London Bach Flower Medicine Practitioner
JOY NATUROPATHY & YOGA CLINIC
AND RESEARCH CENTRE
New No. 153, T.T.K. Road, Alwarpet, Chennai – 600 018 (Opp. Park Sheraton) Tel.: 24988393 Mobile: 94449 45924
A handbill collected by me at the Centre describes her as a Sujok Consultant and additionally lists several more treatments.
It says that these treatments are available daily 9:00 am to 12: 00 noon and from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
It says that she also conducts classes in “Yoga, Acupressure, Iridology and Reiki all levels”.
The following, in chronological order, are some course completion certificates that have been awarded to Sr. Mary Luke:
1. From the Indian School of Yoga, Chennai, Diploma in Yoga Therapy, December 29, 1996
2. From Dr. V. J. Rao’s Homoeopathy Foundation, Nellikuppam, Tamil Nadu – 607 105, Diploma in Management of Homoeopathy Dispensary, February 28, 1997
3. From the Medicina Alternativa Institute, Affiliated to the Open International University for Complementary Medicines, Sri Lanka, Doctor of Medicine (Medicina Alternativa), Colombo, May 1998
4. From the International Sujok Association, Sujok, December 1998
5. From the Reiki Usui Shiki Ryoho, Chennai, First Degree in the Usui System of Reiki, January 29, 2000
6. From the Asana Andiappan Yoga Development Trust, Diploma in Naturopathy and Yogic Science, 2000
7. From the Medicina Alternativa Institute, Affiliated to the Open International University for Complementary Medicines, Sri Lanka, Doctor of Acupuncture (Medicina Alternativa), Colombo, August 2000
8. From the Reiki
Abode, (Dr. P. S. Lalitha), Grand Master in Traditional Reiki, September 23, 2001
9. From the Indo-Chinese Institute of Acupuncture and Research Foundation, Pondicherry – 605 013, Affiliated to the Open International University for Complementary Medicines, Sri Lanka, Certificate in Acupuncture, December 2004
10. From the Tamil Nadu Acupuncture Council, Dr. (Acupuncture), at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, July 18, 2005
11. From the All India Yoga Vidya Pranic Healing Foundation Trust, Bangalore, Affiliated to the World Pranic Healing Foundation Inc, Manila, The Philippines, Pranic Healing, December 23, 2007
1. Magneto Therapy Rs. 50 per sitting
2. Acupuncture Rs. 150 per sitting
3. Reflexology Rs. 150 – Rs. 250
4. Part Massage Rs. 300
5. 10 days/sittings package Rs. 6, 500
6. 15 days/sittings package Rs. 9, 500 with Pranic Healing and Reiki
From all of the above, we establish that the nun offers treatment using the following therapies [in alphabetical order]:
Acupuncture, Bach Flower Remedies, Colour Diagnosis [Colour Therapy or Chromotherapy], Facial Diagnosis, Homoeopathy, Iris Diagnosis [Iridology], Magneto Therapy, Massage, Mud Therapy, Naturopathy, Nutrition [Diet] Therapy, Pranic Healing, Pyramid Cap Therapy*, Quantum Touch, Reflexology, Reiki, Sujok**, Yoga.
*One of the instructions for effective use of the cap is: “Sitting facing North or East, meditating and chanting OM charges all the chakras in the body.” **Sujok is Korean acupuncture
WHO IS “DR.”
SR. MARY LUKE?
Sr. Mary Luke, 75, is a Catholic nun of the Order of the Franciscans of Bon Secours. She has been a teacher for most of her adult life, serving at various Bon Secours [Our Lady of Good Help] schools in Tamil Nadu. She is a recipient of the Best Teacher award from the Government of Tamil Nadu. For the past 12 years, she has diligently devoted herself to obtaining certificates, diplomas and “doctorates” in various areas of what is known as complementary or alternative medicine.
The Joy Naturopathy and Yoga Clinic was inaugurated on October 2, 2005 by none less than the Provincial, Rev. Mother Anthoniammal, of the FBS congregation [after all she donated ample space in the Provincialate for Sr. Mary Luke to run her “clinic”], and “blessed” by a Father Francis.
IS IT SAFE FOR CATHOLICS TO APPROACH SR. MARY LUKE FOR TREATMENT? IF NOT, WHY?
No. It is not safe for Catholics to take any of the above treatments from Sr. Mary Luke at the “Clinic”.
First, many of the treatments are completely ineffective. All of them have absolutely no scientific basis or support in conventional allopathic medicine. They oppose each other. Trusting these alternatives could endanger one’s health or life.
This writer asked Sr. Mary Luke if she was aware of the existence of two Vatican Documents:
1. The Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on Some Aspects of Christian Meditation, October 15, 1989, in which Cardinal Ratzinger [now Pope Benedict XVI] warns Catholics of the spiritual dangers in the Eastern meditation systems of Zen, T.M., and Yoga [yes, YOGA and PRANAYAMA are SPIRITUAL exercises and not just breathing air and adopting asanas;
2. The February 3, 2003 Provisional Report on the New Age Movement and New Age Alternative Medicine: Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life; A Christian Reflection on the New Age.
Sr. Mary Luke said that she had never heard of them. The fairly lengthy 2003 Document not only repeats the warning on Transcendental Meditation [T. M.], Zen Buddhism and Hindu Yoga, but elaborates on the spiritual dangers of holistic health therapies, naming acupuncture, homeopathy, iridology, massage and “various kinds of ‘bodywork’ (such as reflexology, polarity massage, therapeutic touch etc.), meditation and visualisation, nutritional therapies, various kinds of herbal medicine, healing by crystals, metals, music or colours…” It must be understood that even if some of Sr. Mary Luke’s repertoire of treatments are not actually named, the esoteric / occultic / pre- Christian / New Age principles and pagan and agnostic philosophies on which their theoretical suppositions and practical applications are based are discussed sufficiently in the Document. For instance, New Age “healing” using the impersonal “divine” or “cosmic” or “vital” or “life force” energy is strongly condemned in over a dozen places. In Pranic Healing and Reiki [not mentioned by name in the Document; the possible list is endless], the very same “energy” is manipulated or treated in the meridians and nadis and pressure- or acu-points of the alleged “energy” body of the patent as in acupressure, homoeopathy, colour therapy or reflexology [named].
The prana or shakti power or energy of pranayama breathing and kundalini yoga of Vedic / Upanishadic origin are the very same, except differently named, as the ch’i, ki or qi of Taoism-related therapies from acupressure to rei-ki and the martial arts. Pranic Healing is an ingenious invention combining both systems, using Taoist meridians as well as the Hindu chakras.
Submitting to even seemingly innocuous treatments like massages, herbal remedies, diet therapies, magneto therapy, naturopathy, etc. if fraught with potentially dangerous consequences. The simple physical or natural improvements that might well accompany some elements of these treatments would induce the patient to probe deeper and experiment wider, making him or her more amenable to eventually succumbing by subscribing to their underlying philosophies which are incompatible with Biblical revelation. Though all these systems, for example Pranic Healing and Reiki, have very different backgrounds and methods of application, they can, as well exemplified by Sr. Mary Luke, be bedfellows. [No practitioner has been able to answer my question as to how this is possible.] Her case also demonstrates that whatever be the entry point [for this nun it appears to have been yoga], it is downhill all the way from there. The Institutes of Alternative Medicine in Colombo, Sri Lanka and in Kolkata, India, find no problem in offering courses in hundreds of such therapies.
Individuals, whether students or patients, end up accepting the entire package.
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Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2009 1:46 AM Subject: Article about Sr. Mary’s Clinic
I have read the bullshit you published in a.m. article. Your arrogance can only origin in a brainwashed mind! Please keep in mind that the earth is flat (which pope am I quoting here…) and also keep in mind that there is no proof for your naïve believes except what Cardinal Ratzinger, sorry promoted pope Benedict, is telling you… These are only stories, the latest
revision originating from the council of Nicae 475 A.D.
Let’s hope for all of us that 2010 brings you a little more Indian traditions and teachings, even if not approved by Ratzinger & fellows. Please be aware that the rest of mankind has evolved beyond the level of witch-hunt for a very long time.
This little lady is just helping her fellow brothers & sisters and deserves better!