The work of author Susan Brinkmann to inform faithful Catholics about mindfulness has received an enthusiastic endorsement from a spiritual leader at EWTN. Mindfulness is an increasingly popular but dangerous Eastern meditative practice which is contrary to authentic Christian spirituality.
Fr. Paschal Mary, MFVA is Vocation Director for the Missionaries of the Eternal Word and Administrator of the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama. Recently, he thoughtfully expressed his appreciation for the book A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness and for the mission of the Avila Institute:
Thank you for the gift of the book earlier this year as we sat down to plan for the Avila Summit. I sat down with A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness this afternoon and was encouraged by Susan’s insightful presentation. I was struck by the difference the soul makes and how narcissistic (even nihilistic in a sense) mindfulness is. Her chapters on Christian prayer I wish were much longer as they were so beautiful – because He is so wonderful and good to us.
Keep up the good work with the Avila Institute. It is much needed.
Brinkmann’s book is an invaluable resource for Church leaders and all Catholics seeking to know and follow the truth about the spiritual life. If you are interested in learning more about mindfulness and it’s origins and effects, you can find A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness here.
To hear an interview with Susan Brinkmann about the book on Divine Intimacy Radio Resources Edition, click here.