April 30, 2012

Re: “The Star of the North retires” (WCR, April 9).

It is commendable that Sandy Prather’s experience as director of the Star of the North was like “running a small hotel, only with God at the centre.” She states that she strove to give the establishment an Oblate spirit, which I assume is because the centre is sponsored by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

Since the principle mission of the Oblates is to proclaim devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary Immaculate, my question is why would a program such as yoga be offered at the centre when this discipline is not anywhere near being Christ-centred?

All yoga sessions teach body positions that are designed to pay homage to Hindu gods. The serpent is particularly worshipped – cobra position – in Hinduism for its “wisdom.” (Yes, it is proclaimed, ad nauseum, that it is only exercise, but this is not the original design and purpose.)

According to the late theologian and author, Father John Hardon, these Hindu beliefs “profess pantheism, which denies that there is only one infinite Being who created the world out of nothing” (“Why is Yoga Incompatible with Catholicism?”).

It is questionable how far the centre’s ecumenical policy has to go in terms of pleasing the masses and yet staying faithful to the mission of the Oblates. It seems to me that the mission has been lost.

Suzanne Rabel