Remembering St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus

Remembering St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus

Originally posted on: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2012/10/carmelite-sisters-remembering-st-therese-of-lisieux/How is it that those of us living today know anything at all about this young obscure nun, Sister Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, who...
Learning to Float in the Ocean of Mercy

Learning to Float in the Ocean of Mercy

It was only 10:30 a.m., but the summer sun had already made walking barefoot across the cement pool deck a bit of a tip-toed hustle.  A row of proud parents, grateful for a gentle breeze as they sat huddled under their umbrellas, chattered amiably with each other. ...
His Power

His Power

Postulancy is the first stage of religious life and no matter how old one is, or how much life experience one has, this initial introduction to life in the convent has a way of dismantling any existing illusions of self-sufficiency.  Religious life is a supernatural...
Californians Pray as Assisted Suicide Becomes Law

Californians Pray as Assisted Suicide Becomes Law

by NR Interview Text taken from an article on the National Review Website   I noticed something beautiful in my inbox in recent days: People praying. While some statements and sentiments about prayer in the face of violence and death have gotten some media...
The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality

The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality

“What did you go out to the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7) These were Jesus’ words to the crowd. John took to the desert to draw people out into solitude to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Messiah. For many years the desert had become...
God Is Enough

God Is Enough

We sisters are often asked to explain what our life as  consecrated women is like. Each time I am asked to do this, the same question lingers in my mind. How can I explain the in-explainable? Human words can never explain supernatural realities. Vatican II did a...
Lord, Open My Lips

Lord, Open My Lips

“Lord, open my lips and my mouth will proclaim your praise.” (Psalm 51:15) These words ring out in the chapel, breaking the silence of the early morning. It is still dark outside and our community of sisters, albeit still a bit bleary-eyed, has gathered to begin the...
May Crowning

May Crowning

May is the month traditionally dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. As part of our May traditions, Catholics around the world may celebrate Mary in a special way by having a “May Crowning”. In this ceremony, special veneration is shown to the Mother of Jesus...
Nothing Is Impossible to God

Nothing Is Impossible to God

Often when I introduce myself, people seem surprised. “I thought Carmelites were cloistered?” Occasionally there is a slight tone of suspicion in their voice, as if maybe we were escapees or something. I am always prompt to clarify things for them. While most...
Why Do We Pray?

Why Do We Pray?

St. Therese said, “Prayer is a surge of the heart…a cry of recognition and of love.” Here she is referring to our hearts, our cries. But I think she would readily agree we could look at prayer from a different angle. What if prayer was a surge of God’s Heart? A cry of...
Serving with the Sisters

Serving with the Sisters

Do you have a heart for service? Join the Carmelite Sisters for a unique experience that will combine depth of Carmelite Spirituality with the joy of volunteering. We will take on special projects at the Sisters’ apostolates of health care, retreat work and education...
Memories of Receiving the Habit

Memories of Receiving the Habit

On the day I received the religious habit, I was 19 years old and only a little more than 10 months in the Community.  The experience was a life-changing one as in our early formation we  knew that the Reception of the Habit was the beginning of our “spousal...
Lord, You Make All Things New and Fill Them With Life!

Lord, You Make All Things New and Fill Them With Life!

  (John 20:1-20) Easter time brings us yet another opportunity to celebrate the beauty of that saving action of Christ for us in His Resurrection from the dead.  Following Jesus’ horrific experience on Calvary, we behold once again the beautifully...
A Reflection on Good Friday

A Reflection on Good Friday

As we gaze upon the crucified Christ, contemplating His Passion, can we truly comprehend the magnitude of what He suffered for our sake? The scourging that shredded His flesh, the vicious thorns that pressed into His head, the crushing weight of the cross (all the...
The Divine Mercy Challenge

The Divine Mercy Challenge

Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday.  He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the...
Divine Mercy Novena  (Easter Thursday)

Divine Mercy Novena (Easter Thursday)

Day 7 – The souls who especially venerate and glorify Jesus’ mercy “Today bring to Me the Souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy*,and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit....
Divine Mercy Novena  (Easter Tuesday)

Divine Mercy Novena (Easter Tuesday)

Day 5 – The souls of separated brethren “Today bring to Me the Souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church*,and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to...
Divine Mercy Novena  (Easter Wednesday)

Divine Mercy Novena (Easter Wednesday)

Day 6 – The meek and humble souls and the souls of children ““Today bring to Me the Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of Little Children,and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter...
Divine Mercy Novena  (Easter Saturday)

Divine Mercy Novena (Easter Saturday)

Day 9 – The souls who have become lukewarm “Today bring to Me the Souls who have become Lukewarm,and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives...