A Catholic priest on Friday asked the people to stop practicing feng shui, and instead pray directly to God for the blessings and graces for 2015.
Fr. Michell Joe Zerrudo, the exorcist of the Diocese of Cubao, said practicing feng shui, gathering round fruits and wearing polka dots and other superstitious acts on New Year bring more harm than good.
Feng shui is the ancient Chinese practice of positioning objects based on patterns of yin and yang and the flow of chi that have positive and negative effects.
“Why practice feng shui, gather round fruits or wear polka dots when you can directly ask God for blessings and graces for the New Year?” Zerrudo said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website.
“Welcome the New Year by praying to God. Stop doing feng shui and other New Year superstitious practices,” he advised.
Zerrudo said feng shui paves the way to attacks of the devil and violates the first commandment, which shuns the worship of false idols.
“Feng shui is an attempt to harness the elements of nature to favor the one who practices it. Some say that it is not occult, but it is,” he added.
The priest, also the diocese’s Minister for Catechism, reminded Catholics that the official teaching of the Church is against feng shui and similar superstitious practices.
Zerrudo, also the parish priest of Holy Family Parish in Roxas District, Quezon City, noted how some Catholics publicly promote feng shui and other superstitions to welcome the New Year.
“Therefore if one makes use of sipag, tiyaga and dasal [hard work, perseverance and prayer], why would there be a need to harness the elements of nature through feng shui? Faith in God and the practice of feng shui contradict each other,” he said.
Zerrudo pointed out that if the people would only believe that hard work and perseverance can help them succeed, then there is no need for charms and amulets.