Question from Carlos Loyola on 2/28/2008:
My Bride has been suffering with depression for some time and recently her siritual director has suggested that she try theophostic prayer ministry.as the man God made to love her I must decern if this is good for her. what is the church's position if any on this ministry,does it follow our faith and in accord with the teaching of the Magisterium.
Answer by David Gregson on 4/23/2008:
I would steer clear of theophostic prayer. Although it has a Christian veneer, it seems to be a mixture of Christian doctrine and New Age psychology. Even apart from a New Age influence, the claim to replace "lies" with "truth," leaves open the question of how to recognize "truth" as true. What a TPM facilitator regards as truth will be shaped by his own theology, which is evidently Protestant at best. Wouldn't your wife do better to find a Catholic psychologist? Perhaps a call to your diocese would help her locate one.