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Here’s What’s New!

Pray Like a Catholic

A 5-week virtual course based on St. Teresa of Avila’s “Four Waters” of prayer. Students learn the four “stages” of prayer from vocal to contemplative prayer, how to deal with distractions, the right (and wrong) way to read during prayer, how to persevere through periods of dryness, how to discern God’s voice, and how to recognize the signs of advancing prayer. Classes include practice sessions on the various types of prayer. Instructor: Susan Brinkmann, OCDS. Available to private groups of 5 or more people on day/time of your choosing. Pre-recorded version available here

Learn how to live the Little Way of Spiritual Childhood!

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of St. Therese of Lisieux by learning how to live the Little Way of Spiritual Childhood! This four part, pre-recorded class, will focus on the three main components of the Little Way – humility, confidence, and abandonment. Click here to purchase! No time to take a course? Try self-study with the Live the Little Way book which has a workbook section at the end of each chapter. Click here to purchase! 

For Catholic Caregivers!

This book, by Michelle Johnson OCDS, uses the The Way of the Cross as a framework for her heartbreakingly beautiful eight-year caregiving journey with her husband Stu. If you need practical, down-to-earth advice for helping your loved one carry their cross, it’s in this book. If you’re struggling to keep the faith during this difficult journey, this first-hand account of a real life couple’s drama can help. Click here to order!

Live Like a Catholic: A Study of the Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila

This 8-week virtual course based on the Interior Castle introduces students to the various stages of spiritual growth from the point of conversion to transforming union, through the purifying nights of sense and spirit, and the four stages of prayer. Discover and address the imperfections and hidden pride that may be leading you into sin and preventing you from achieving the closer union with God that our hearts are longing for. Available to private groups of 5 or more people on the day/time of your choosing. Instructor: Susan Brinkmann OCDS. Use the contact form to contact us! 

Welcome!

Are you longing for a deeper relationship with God?

Do you yearn to experience His Presence in your every day life?

Are you struggling to find your “Little Way” to God?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ve come to the right place!

Live Catholic is a ministry of Discalced Carmelite Seculars from around the country who are devoted to teaching everyday people how to live the authentic Catholic mystical tradition as taught by the great Carmelite saints and Doctors of the Church such as St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) and St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.

These saints wrote the book on how to forge a closer union to God, but their writings can be difficult to read and even more challenging to put into action. That’s what the Secular Carmelites at Live Catholic strive to do – not just teach the spirituality, but help the student learn how to live it in the 21st century.

Our courses and webinars explain Carmelite teaching in easy-to-understand language that is suitable for Catholics of all spiritual levels, from beginner to advanced. We teach our students how to spot the signs of advancing prayer such as those outlined in St. Teresa’s Four Stages of Prayer, what to expect as they journey through the Seven Mansions of the Soul, how to turn their weaknesses into strengths like St. Therese of Lisieux’s Little Way, how to hold themselves together through St. John of the Cross’ Dark Nights of the Soul, and how to practice Brother Lawrence’s Presence of God even in the middle of a busy day at the office.

All of our courses have an imprimatur from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and are available on-line as both cohort-based (with a live instructor) and self-paced. They are also available to groups ON-DEMAND! This means that in addition to the national courses we teach at various times during the year, you can schedule a course with your friends or fellow parishioners on the day and time of your choosing! The only requirement is to have five or more persons per class! Instruction is provided by a member of the Live Catholic team, all of whom have a minimum of six years formation in Carmelite spirituality, such as Susan Brinkmann, OCDS, award winning author and frequent guest on EWTN radio and television. Self-paced courses are also available to those who wish to study on their own time.

God intends for all of us to enjoy a deeper relationship with Him. It’s time to take Him up on that promise!

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On-Demand Virtual Courses

All virtual courses are taught by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS or member of the Live Catholic team and are available on-demand to privately scheduled groups of 5 or more people via Zoom video conferencing or Skype.

In addition to giving a 20-30 minute lecture, the instructor will also review the week’s reading and be available to answer questions about the material. Attendees will be expected to complete weekly homework assignments.

We also offer these courses in a pre-recorded format. Please be sure to join our email list for information on the date/time of upcoming courses.

Live Catholic courses are suitable for ages 13+.

If you’re interested in bringing a course to your parish, please contact us at [email protected].

Pray Like a Catholic

If your prayer life is in a rut, and you’re longing to connect with God in prayer, this 5-week course details the four stages of prayer found in the teachings of St. Teresa of Avila. Presented in easy-to-understand language, Pray Like a Catholic explains the various stages of prayer beginning with vocal and mental prayer and how we progress into higher stages of contemplative and infused prayer. This course answers questions such as how do we advance from one stage to the other? How do we overcome obstacles such as distractions, dryness, self-reliance and attachments? What is the secret to discerning the voice of God in prayer? This class is available with an online instructor, as a self-paced course, or On-Demand at the day/time of your choosing for parish or private group instruction. Each lesson includes journaling pages with questions for deeper reflection. All live classes are recorded. Cost is $45 per person, plus the workbook ($12.99).

Live Like a Catholic

This 8-week course is based on the teachings of St. Teresa of Avila in her book, The Interior Castle, and traces the spiritual development of the soul from conversion to transforming union. A masterpiece of spiritual direction, it outlines the best way to advance in the spiritual life, the pitfalls to avoid, what virtues we need to develop in order to “fuel” our journey and how to spot the ever-evolving tactics of the devil. Each lesson includes journaling pages with questions for deeper reflection. This class is available with an online instructor, as a self-paced course, or On-Demand at the day/time of your choosing for parish or private group instruction. Each lesson includes journaling pages with questions for deeper reflection. All live classes are recorded. Cost is $45 per person, plus the workbook ($12.99).

Live the Little Way

This 4-week course explores St. Therese of Lisieux’s Little Way of Spiritual Childhood. Participants will study the three main components of spiritual childhood – humility, confidence, and abandonment. Students will learn what it means to be humble before God, to be utterly poor in spirit and to rely upon Him for everything with the kind of confidence that can only be found in a faith firmly grounded in the virtue of hope. Each lesson includes a journaling page with questions for deeper reflection. This class is available with an online instructor, as a self-paced course, or On-Demand at the day/time of your choosing for parish or private group instruction. Each lesson includes journaling pages with questions for deeper reflection. All live classes are recorded. Cost is $45 per person, plus the workbook ($12.99). The next online class will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 PM EST from September 6-27, 2022. Click here to register. Contact us to arrange a class with your friends/parish.

Mindful Like a Catholic

If you want to live your life more mindfully, but are leery of the Buddhist roots of the current mindfulness craze, the Catholic alternative to mindfulness is the answer. This 90-minute workshop presents the classic Catholic devotions of The Sacrament of the Present Moment and the Practice of the Presence of God and shows you how to use these to not only live more mindfully, but to do so in order to achieve sanctity. Mindful Like a Catholic will help you to be better recollected, less distracted, and in more control of your thought processes. Each lesson contains practical application tips. This workshop is available with an online instructor, as a self-paced course, or On-Demand at the day/time of your choosing for parish or private group instruction. The live workshop is recorded for registered students. Cost is $45 per person.  A workbook for additional at-home study is also available.

Fight Like Catholic

Our Lord did not leave us orphaned and defenseless! In this 6-week course, students will learn who Satan is, what kind of powers he possesses, how he uses them against us, and how to protect ourselves from his wiles. On-line lectures, presented by Susan Brinkmann OCDS, will include coverage of material from the workbook entitled Fight Like a Catholic, and will review discernment techniques, how to recognize spiritual bondage, how to deal with curses and cursed objects, and why God sometimes allows victim souls to undergo possession. All online classes are recorded! Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 PM EST beginning October 4 through November 8, 20221. Click here to register for the course, or contact us to set up a class for your group.

Self-Paced Conferences & Reflections

These conferences and reflections are available as self-paced courses taught by members of our team on a variety of spiritual topics. We are constantly adding to this collection so be sure to visit from time to time to see our latest offerings! Contact us to join our mailing list!

Peace of Soul

God never meant for us to live such frantic, hectic lives. Our souls were designed for peace, joy and contentment. So how do we get from here to there? This one-hour conference will present a step-by-step guide to how to use our faith to regain our peace of soul. Click here to register.

Our Lady of Sorrows Meditation

This prayerful, one-hour reflection on the seven sorrows of Our Lady is designed to deepen our love and appreciation for all that Mary suffered as she fulfilled her divine mission of bringing the Redeemer into the world and accompanying Him to His death on the cross. These poignant reflections will help attendees to enter more deeply into the mysteries of the life of Christ as seen through the eyes of His devoted Mother.  Click here to register.

Discerning the Spirits

This self-paced 90-minute workshop is designed to help Christians discern God’s will for their lives as well as what spirits are influencing us at any given time. Based on the writings of St. Ignatius, participants are taught how to tell the difference between the natural spirit, the spirit of the devil, and the spirit of Christ. They will learn about the role of consolations and desolations in our prayer life, how to discern authentic communications from God according to the teachings of St. Teresa of Avila, and how to use the three modes of discernment to make the right decisions about God’s will for your life. This self-paced workshop is coming soon! 

Weekend Retreats

These weekend retreats are led by retreat master, Susan Brinkmann, OCDS, and can be scheduled by parishes or individual groups at the retreat center of their choice. Please contact us at [email protected] to discuss bringing one of these retreats to your area!  

The following retreats are available year-round.

THE SCIENCE OF WEAKNESS:

This weekend retreat looks behind the gossamer veils that too often hide the truth about the Little Flower of Lisieux and reveal fascinating details about her life, her loves, and the weaknesses that spawned her Little Way of Spiritual Childhood. Only by discovering her “hidden face” can devotees fully appreciate the teachings of her Little Way and learn how to turn their own weaknesses into strengths. Retreat topics include Theresian Humility: Finding Strength in Weakness; Theresian Mortification: Suffering for Love; Theresian Confidence: Taking Jesus by His Heart; Theresian Surrender: Abandonment to God. 

Fight Like a Catholic

Based on the book Fight Like a Catholic by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS, retreatants will learn about the nature of Satan, his preternatural powers and how he uses them to tempt man to the acquisition of power and knowledge. Retreatants will be introduced to Satan’s extraordinary including how to spot the signs of spiritual bondage, infestation, oppression, obsession and possession. They will also come to a deeper understanding of the powerful  weapons the Church provides the faithful to protect themselves and their loved ones from the machinations of Satan. This retreat is for ages 15+.

LIVE LIKE A CATHOLIC: The Interior Castle of St. Teresa of Avila

This weekend retreat details the soul’s journey through the seven mansions of the soul as taught by St. Teresa of Avila. Using easy-to-understand language, retreat master Susan Brinkmann, OCDS will introduce students to Teresa’s teachings on the interior life, such as how to avoid common pitfalls in their prayer life, how to overcome attachments to sin, the dangers of self-reliance in the spiritual life, how to become truly poor in spirit, and the most valuable virtues to develop to reach the ultimate destination of union with God. 

Susan is also available to conduct day-long or weekend retreats for your parish or organization on subjects commensurate with her expertise. Please contact us to discuss further.

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Pray Like a Catholic Virtual Course

 Self paced course available here. 

 

 

Live the Little Way Virtual Course

Self-paced course available here

 

 

Mindful Like a Catholic Virtual Course

Self-paced course available here

Fight Like a Catholic Virtual Course

Self-paced course available here

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