Catholic priest to faithful: Feng shui attracts the devil

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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.

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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.

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  1. The priest right. We have to believe and praise only one God.
    Our God,the almighty creator love all of us,and very ever forgiving and loving God.
    Although, it’s not politically correct for anyone in our society to criticise the practice and beliefs of other religion.
    It is incumbent upon any catholic to know the basic of our religion,and not resort to false beliefs…..industriousness, playing by the rules,respect for others,love,empathy,and the golden rule,and understanding and practicing the 10 commandments by heart will trump all beliefs and religion.
    The side issue here is most of the cleric and the clergy is equally guilty of hypocrisy.
    Being hubris,homosexual practices,and sexual abuses by these priests have been committed and tolerated by the Catholic hierarchy have cost the parishioners enormous waste paying the victims billions of dollars in lawsuits judgements. Los Angeles,Chicago,Boston archdioceses to name a few which is only the tip of the iceberg. And priest and bishops unshameful acceptance of bribes in so many material forms i.e. ,the luxury vehicles given to the corrupt bishops,and even bribes received from Janet Napoles,which are money of the people stole by her and her cohort public officials gives no credence and rights to these priests who are really you can consider the scum of the earth. Reading the gospel or bible with adhering to the Ten Commandments can give millions of mileage of affection and graces from our lord God.
    It is to do this daily because of the constant barrage of tests and temptations from the devil. Our only way to survive these are our constant and unrelenting praise and prayers to our lord God. Nothing in life is easy,but Our Lord always listens,provides,and protect us.

    • Bernabe Berberabe on

      Actually, if you really do the research Catholicism is based on an mixture of Babylonian, Christian and other beliefs which is not Biblical. Practicing the 10 commandments is impossible (Jesus said that looking at a woman lustfully is already adultery of the heart). The only way to God’s heart is through his son Jesus Christ. The Philippines has been unprotected from calamities because, as a country, we continue to practice idolatry (bowing down to graven images including images of “Mary” and the saints) which God hates. We continue to call priests “father” when there is only one father in heaven. We continue to call the Pope his holiness, when only God is holy. Unless we repent, turn away from our sins and seek God, our country will never heal. See 2 Chronicles 7:14.

  2. Lots of people was infested with the devil and they don’t know what is right and wrong
    Fr. Zerrudo is right in telling the truth. No wonder walang asenso ang ibang tao at yong mapagsamantala talagang possessed ng kasamaan. Pagdating ng araw dumarating na rin ang Karma sa kanila. Wala kang lusot.

  3. Malinaw ang pagkakasabi ng paring si zerudo!direkta po na lumapit sa dios!! Hindi kaya niya sinasalungat ang mga aral nila??feng shui lang ba? Totoo ang sinasabi niya dapat sa dios lang tumawag!!
    Tanong bakit ginagamit nila ang rebulto,imahen ng kung sino-sino at kung sino-sinong santo at Maria’s ang niluluhuran nila!!
    Dapat isip-isip muna siya,bago magsalita dahil balik ito sa kanila!
    Kung hindi sila naniniwala dito dapat mas hindi sila maniwala sa sarili nilang aral at ginagawa!nahuhuli sa sariling bibig ang maling pangangaral!!

  4. The Chinese promote Feng Shui to promote sales of pagan trinkets & symbols. Just take a look at the stalls selling these items to ignorant buyers and telling them all the charms and lucks each item will bring. Even celebrities believe on this pagan practice consulting so-called experts about the future. Our country claims to be Christian but many Filipinos have paganic beliefs. We tolerate idolatry as if we can not pray directly to God. Churches are named after saints and not after the sole Creator and God. Statues are carried on dances more as props rather than a show of faith.

    If we put all our trust in God, then He will shower us with mercy and blessings. And God is always faithful to those who truly believe in Him.

    • Ignorant Priest on

      For a Catholic, he is actually right. The Bible tells us that our heavenly Father is the source of peace which is available only through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). In fact, no amount of appealing to inanimate forces will produce tranquility and harmony if our lives are out of sync with the Savior. It is only through Him that we can have the peace of God which “passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:4-7).

      Christians should be aware that some of the principles of feng shui, including the “I Ching,” are based on Taoist philosophy used to determine which area of a home is positive/negative and/or how decor and furniture should be arranged. While Christians may incorporate principles of feng shui into their decorating plans, despite the dubious value such principles have, Christians should never do so with the goal of feng shui, which is the manipulation of their environment to produce in their lives those things that only Christ provides. To do so is to border on idolatry. For the Christian, there is no such thing as the “perfect spot” on earth, because our home is not in this world and the kingdom of God is not this life in this place (John 18:36; 1 Corinthians 7:31). Rather, Christians should be concerned with glorifying God in their homes by submitting their thoughts, words, and deeds to Him and endeavoring to grow in Christ-likeness. Only then can we hope to achieve the peace and harmony that eludes so many today. What is feng shui? Should a Christian practice feng shui?, gotquestions.org.

  5. You priests should also stop your practice of pedophilia and your abuses of your constituents!

  6. Fr. Michell Joe Zerrudo, the exorcist of the Diocese of Cubao, is right. Believing in anything that detracts from our reverence and worship of the the ONE TRUE GOD is a sin. Such a belief is violative of the First Commandment which says: “I am the Lord, thy God, thou shalt not have strange Gods before me.”

    The devil exists and lurks around us. He lures us away from the true worship of God by telling us that there are other sure-fire options. NOT SO. Only God can give man the blessings he needs for a good life. Only God can love us more than we love ourselves. So the thing to do is ask Him. In faith, “ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you”. This is the sure-fire formula for God’s bountiful blessings. He said so himself. “Heaven and earth will pass away but my word shall not.” Personally, I have always gotten all I asked through my prayers. Never from the crazy belief on Feng Shui.

    • Tama ka!di mo ba nakikita at napapansin kung saan nagdarasal ang mga pari at katoliko?hindi sila direkta sa dios,Maraming stop over bago sa dios!!
      Masasabi mo sa mga pari, nagsalita ang ginagawa din naman nila!!

  7. The priest should exercise restraint in commenting other culture/belief. There are also some Christian faiths which are based on paganism like having training aide statues in praying, etc. Be courteous and have some respect to others. Anyway, it does not harm/hurt/kill people.

  8. Sen. Santiago once said that the Chinese introduced corruption in our country. I believe she meant material corruption. This traditional Chinese practice of Feng Shui surely corrupt the Filipinos spiritually. Maoism, a form of political and social corruption emanating from China and espoused by the CPP in our country, luckily does not take root.

  9. baka in 2016, this father-exorcist will start forming tom-tom macoute mobs to push away the lumads back to the mountains.