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What You Might Not Know About the Peace Symbol

BW would like to know more about the peace symbol. "Often claimed to have been invented at the dawn of the nuclear age, I have dug a bit deeper and found it to be a broken-armed cross, favored by Nero. Also, it apparently decorates graves of Nazis (heavily into the occult). I suspect there is much more. . . "

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What to Do About Those Email Prayer Chains

MI writes: “I don’t feel comfortable with this type of prayer request [that I received today]. ‘We are doing an Intercession of 1000 prayers for those people with cancer. Say the prayer and pass it to 10 people, Let me know if you cannot, so that we do not break this Intercession.’ Am I wrong? Isn’t it basically a chain letter. Would you participate? Looking forward to your thoughts!”

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Game Requires Children to Role-Play a Sorcerer

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A woman wrote to our ministry recently to ask for advice about a young family member who was very much into the game, Magic: The Gathering.

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Sprinkling Rice at Shrines: Is it Christian?

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HL writes: “A parishioner at our parish has been noticing rice being scattered at our shrine of the Holy Innocents, in front of the statue of our patron saint, and on the hand rail leading to the rectory. I’m wondering if there’s any foul play involving occultic practices. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.”

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What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

GD asks: "I didn't see anything on your new age blog, about handwriting analysis. My son will be taking a forensics class and handwriting analysis is something they will be covering. If it is new age do you have any resources that I could show her to explain why it is not appropriate?"

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The Dark Side of Those Warm and Fuzzy "Chicken Soup for the Soul" Books

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Many of our blogs come about as a result of readers who give us "tips" about a fad or personality that warrant more research. This is what happened with the popular books, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Thanks to that reader's tip, we unearthed a goldmine of vital information about these "warm and fuzzy" books that we all need to know about!

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