A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration
19. In today’s culture, the same demonic entities continue their assault against humanity. In the New Age movement these demonic entities operate under the names of Isis, Ascended Master Mary, the Great Enchantress, Goddess of Magic, Queen of the Gods, Star of the Sea, Goddess of Love and Our Lady of Light. Because demonic entities can operate under any religious-sounding name and title they want, it becomes very dangerous to sell one's soul along with the value of a person's good deeds to any spiritual entity other than the Blessed Trinity.
20. Another example of how demonic entities can operate under any religious-sounding name and title they want comes from the New Age list of Ascended Masters. This list can be found on the Internet by conducting a search using the key words “list of New Age Ascended Masters.” According to one New Age website, the entity called “Immaculata” is very popular with occult members because of her accent and mystical powers. A copy of the Ascension Now website list17 (Exhibit C) and the Ascension Research Center list18 (Exhibit D) can be viewed on the Exhibits page.
21. According to these New Age websites, the Ascended Master “Immaculata” is the “Silent Watcher for the Earth.” According to messages that have been channeled from this entity, she describes herself by saying, “I hold within my gaze the perfect plan for the Earth and all her evolutions. Know well the meaning of the eyes of eternity! My single eyed vision upon this divine plan allows each one of you to draw forth currents of liquid light and use them to create with the Emerald Ray!”19 A description of how the demonic entity named "Immaculata" describes herself can be viewed as Exhibit E.
22. The Catholic Church condemns all occult, New Age and spiritualist practices of divination and communication with spirits guides and spirits of the dead, including the Ascended Master Immaculata, because the sin of idolatry exposes a person's soul to demonic oppression. For example, when a man or woman disobeys God’s laws (as described in Deuteronomy 18:10–12) and commits the sin of idolatry in an attempt to form a relationship with a spirit guide, demonic entities (who have the ability to operate under any religious-sounding name and title they want) can impersonate the real saints and make that man or woman feel spiritually blessed, for the purpose of destroying that person’s life.
23. Because all sin is an agreement with evil, when Catholics commit the sin of idolatry (by loving Mary more than God, or making Mary equal to or greater than God) it gives demonic spirits the right to enter into that person’s life. When demonic spirits enter into a person’s life they may appear to be friendly and helpful for a short period of time, but according to John 10:10, demonic spirits only have one purpose, “to steal and kill and destroy.” Once demonic spirits are allowed to operate in a person’s life through the sin of idolatry, they will eventually drive that person further away from God and deeper into bondage.
24. Not only does Reverend Gaitley’s book fail to warn Catholics about the dangers of idolatry and other New Age and occult practices of spiritualism, but it undermines the two main safeguards that protect Catholics from demonic influence. When Catholics wander away from the true teachings of the Church and participate in spiritualist practices, our first line of defense against demonic attack is God himself, but because God doesn’t violate anyone’s free will, all a person would need is a desire to turn away from the true Gospel of Christ and choose an alternative method of salvation.
25. One way Reverend Gaitley’s book accomplishes this is by motivating his readers to trust the Immaculata with the salvation of their souls. For example, on page 38, Reverend Gaitley's book says, “We must give her (1) our body, with all its senses and its members; (2) our soul, with all its powers; (3) our exterior goods...” and this list continues. On page 39, Reverend Gaitley wants his readers to entrust the salvation of their souls to the Immaculate by entering into a spiritually binding agreement that says, “I deliver and consecrate to you, as your slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions...”
26. On pages 137–139, Reverend Gaitley offers his readers several other consecration vows by which a person sells his or her soul to the Immaculata and gives this entity the full right of disposing of that person’s soul any way it wants. One of the vows on page 138 says, “In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present, and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right to disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception...”
27. Another consecration vow on page 138 addresses an entity named “O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven.” This vow requires Catholics to cast themselves at the Immaculata's feet, “humbly imploring” this entity “to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and property.” This vow goes on to say, “Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death, and eternity, whatever most pleases you.”
28. According to the Catechism in section 450, "From the beginning of Christian history, the assertion of Christ's lordship over the world and over history has implicitly recognized that man should not submit his personal freedom in an absolute manner to any earthly power, but only to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."20 The Catechism also states in section 150, "It is right and just to entrust oneself wholly to God and to believe absolutely what he says. It would be futile and false to place such faith in a creature."21
29. Because the Catechism in sections 488 and 493 describes Mary as a “creature”22 (a part of God’s creation), it becomes very dangerous to sell one's soul into the possession of the Immaculata, giving this entity the full right of disposing of that person’s soul any way it wants without exception, especially when demonic spirits have the ability to operate under any religious-sounding name and title they want, including the names of Immaculata and Queen of Heaven.
30. The other way Reverend Gaitley’s book undermines the safeguards that protect Catholics from demonic oppression is by modifying a person’s original baptismal promises. For example, on page 137, Reverend Gaitley offers his readers a spiritual binding agreement that says, “I, _________, a repentant sinner, renew and ratify today in your hands, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism.” The person who enters into this spiritually binding agreement then goes on to sell his or her soul into the Immaculata’s possession, giving this entity the full right of disposing of that person’s soul any way it wants.
31. According to the Catechism in section 1265, "Baptism not only purifies from all sins, but also makes the neophyte a new creature, an adopted son of God, who has become a partaker of the divine nature, member of Christ and co-heir with him, and a temple of the Holy Spirit."23 It is through our baptismal promises that we become children of God, co-heirs with Christ, and are filled with the Holy Spirit. Because there is no need for Catholics to change or modify their original baptismal promises into the hands of the Immaculata (or any other spiritual entity other than the Blessed Trinity), these vows become an open door for demonic influence.
32. When the faithful renew their baptismal promises during Easter, they begin by rejecting Satan, along with all his works and empty promises. The renewal of Catholic baptismal promises also includes a belief in the Blessed Trinity, God the Father Almighty, the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God and the Holy Spirit. Our baptismal promises also include a belief in the “Communion of Saints” as defined in the Catechism under sections 946–953. This term includes the communion of spiritual goods held in common including the sacraments, charisms, stewardship and charity—not the New Age practice of communication with spirit guides or spirits of the dead. The renewal of Catholic baptismal promises does not include the selling of a person’s soul to the Immaculata or any other spiritual entity.
33. According to numerous occult websites, the devil is constantly looking for people to sell their souls into his possession and power so that he can dispose of that person’s soul any way he wants. For example, on the Black Witch Coven’s website as per Exhibit F, there is a section entitled, “How to Sell Your Soul or Make a Pact with a Demon.”24 According to this website, a pact "can be oral or written. An oral pact is made by means of invocations, conjurations, or rituals to attract the demon; once the conjurer thinks the demon is present, he or she asks for the wanted favor and offers his or her soul in exchange.”
34. Other misleading information in Reverend Gaitley’s book includes a statement on page 89 in which he tries to justify Marian consecration by stating that a pope’s personal actions (or comments during a homily) carry the same authoritative weight as an Ecumenical Council. In the fifth paragraph on page 89, Reverend Gaitley says, “Therefore, his words carry the teaching authority of the successor of St. Peter ... and the authoritative weight of an Ecumenical Council!” Reverend Gaitley makes the same point on page 115 by saying, “John Paul’s teaching on Marian consecration not only carries with it his authority as Pope but also the authoritative weight of an Ecumenical Council…”
35. Because Ecumenical Councils are a gathering of ecclesiastical dignitaries and theological experts convened to discuss and settle matters of Church doctrine, a pope’s personal actions (or comments during a homily) do not carry the same “authoritative weight” as an Ecumenical Council. For example, the Ecumenical Councils of Nicaea, Constantinople and Ephesus were legally convened meetings, consisting of members of the hierarchy, conducted for the purpose of carrying out judicial and doctrinal functions by means of deliberation, resulting in decrees that carried the authority of the whole assembly.
36. Another example of a serious theological error in Reverend Gaitley’s book comes from page 26 where he says, “Therefore, every human being is invited to rest in the womb of Mary and be transformed there, by the power of the Holy Spirit, more perfectly into Christ’s own image.” According to Webster’s Dictionary, the womb (or uterus) is an organ inside a female mammal’s body where offspring are conceived. It is also referred to as “a place of origin and early development.”25 Because it is not physically (or spiritually) possible for Catholics to enter into Mary’s womb as a resting place of transformation into Christ’s image, this statement is not only false, but Reverend Gaitley uses it to summarize several other false and misleading statements on the same page.
37. Reverend Gaitley’s book also contains many quotes (from a long list of sources on pages 183–195) that also contain serious theological errors...