My family lived through the HUGE 1957 Tornado in Fargo, ND. It was because of this tornado they developed the Fujita Scale. Dewey Thornquist recorded it start to finish from the top of W-DAY TV making it the first one ever filmed in entirety.
My great aunt, God rest her soul, was Sister Marie Phillips, and was the librarian at the Catholic High School named Shanley High School. Her convent was in south Fargo, and it was summer, so she was no where near the school she loved. It's a good thing too. The tornado was so powerful that it took the metal beams that were the corner post of the gym, and twisted them like giant corkscrews.
My Grandfathers good friend was killed. He had already beat Hitler, maybe Tojo, so he told his wife as she begged him to come inside to the basement, "You go in, I am going to watch for a bit then I will be in.". Unfortunately when the Tornado was close enough it created such a suction he was unable to get in the house to shelter. All that was found was an arm and they only knew it was his by a very unique tattoo.
One family lost 4 kids if I remember right.
My Grandparents, mother and uncle went to the basement. They sat and watch a 193- or 4- something car rock back and forth from the winds - so hard the tires were leaving the ground of the 2 ton vehicle.
The tornado was close now and my Grandma grabbed some palm branches and started praying for help as she burned them with a lighter over a toilet bowl.
6 blocks away now the tornado was barrelling down on their house. Then it stopped and turned north rather than the southerly direction it was on.
You can not, I repeat can not, tell any of us in this family, not the nuns or the priests, (its good because they believe it too), there is nothing wrong with burning palms in times of trouble. God loves a burnt offering and the fact you are thinking of him first in very human time, he will extend protection. Look at How he saved my family.
Burn away. As long as you are doing it to glorify, no, to rely on God you are fine. We will burn a leaf or half a lead nuemerous times in a year. Just take the left over ash and put it in a flower garden. Seems the flowers live a touch of God that close to them.
Peace, love, to you all and all glory belongs to God
Remember, we are Catholics, not judges or jury's. With God nothing is impossible so Everyone, Everyone can be saved. Don't make the door so narrow no one can enter - least of all yourself!
How you judge others is how you'll be judged. Imagine God snubbing his nose at you while a replay is played of you doing it to a non-catholic on judgement. Have faith in God. Be true to him. He can fight many of his own battles and it is through our actions we draw others closer to us and God.