When was the last time you read the Book of Maccabees? It’s perfect bedtime reading for such a time as this.
It’s not easy to keep the faith when it’s being challenged on every front these days. From COVID restrictions to political sea-changes, outright censorship and the tyrannical “cancel” culture, it’s no wonder so many of us are crying out, “Where are you God?”
by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS We might as well admit it right up front – this is a Lent like most of us have never seen in our lifetime. A killer virus is sweeping the planet. We’re virtually quarantined in our homes; the kids are off; events are cancelled; the churches are closed; and we’re […]
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS The three temptations of Jesus are familiar to all of us – the temptation for sensual satisfaction, the thirst for power, and the desire for worldly recognition – but, as the Spanish exorcist Father Jose Antonio Fortea explains, these temptations become much more subtle and dangerous when they are imposed […]
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS The priest abuse scandal is a disgrace, as was the Pachamama debacle at the Amazonian Synod and the dissident priests who are running amok, promoting everything from same-sex marriage to goofy New Age gimmicks like the Enneagram; but every time I start to attack the Church for its pitiful condition I […]
It pays to be a discerning Catholic – especially where the mindfulness craze is concerned. The discerning Catholic knows that there’s no comparison between living in the present, and living in the Presence. That’s the difference between the popular Buddhism-based mindfulness movement and the authentic Catholic version found in the devotions known as The Practice […]