Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | October 30, 2009

The Tao of Catholicism

The catholic way, the way of Christ, is the way of the cross. But there is hope–that is the faith and belief that by virtue of Christ’s death and ressurrection, the Holy Spirit is present, here and now, living in us–we are a temple for the holy spirit–and the holy spirit is amongst us, connecting us in the mystical body of Christ. The other cool thing about this is that Christ is present, here and now, in the mystery of the Eucharist or Blessed Sacrament. Christ, in all of his mystery and ineffability, is present in the Eucharist and the Blessed Sacrament. If you don’t get caught up in all of the infantile understanding of church and religion, the above statements are awesome and amazing.

In taoism, our body contains original chi and can take in and transform cosmic, universal chi. Our body, our dan tien, becomes a mechanism for alchemizing this energy, this spirit, this thing and developing it ultimatley, to shen, or spirit chi. There is a source from which all things come and all tings return. We can tap into it, we can store it, we can use it, we can alchemize and transform it. We are also transformed and made new, language that works both in catholicism and taoism. Who can practice tai chi chuan and qi gong every day and not experience this transformation into being a new man or woman? It happens naturally.

So, whether you are sitting in adoration of the Host, sitting zazen, or breathing in and out to the dan tien, you are engaging in the mystical practice, and you are experiencing the sacred, the holy, the ineffable.

I love the idea that “God” spoke and we are, Christ is the “word” of God, the word became flesh. What an amazing thing to contremplate. As a tai chi man, I experience that my mind, my thoughts, are a relection or a manifestation of something, so it leads me to believe that in some mystical way, the tao is conscious, does have thought, is universal mind or universal thought, that certain character traits and virtues are inherent in the tao, that gentleness, kindness, compassion, and love, modesty, humility, patience and acceptance are all important on the spiritual journey, and to a degree that I still don’t quite understand, knowing tai chi chuan not just as a chi king or meditation, but as a martial art, is important as well.



  1. Love reading your contemplations on the Christ and tai chi. Have you ever read Bede Griffiths? I think you would enjoy him.

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