By: Sister Luisa Grace of the Most Blessed Sacrament, O.C.D.
When I reflect on receiving our religious name, I cannot help but think about who named me. The name reflects a cry from the very heart of the Heavenly Father, filled with His Spirit, to lead me and those I come into contact with to His Son and everlasting life with Him. May my life be an answer to this cry of His Heart, a laying down of my will, my to-do list, to be with Him, knowing that He simply waits for me in the Blessed Sacrament.

A week after receiving our religious name, I am still struck with awe, humbled to be named after our beloved foundress, Venerable Mother Luisita. I cannot help but wonder at the fact that her spirit of both the contemplative and active life of Carmel is needed in our world today and that God has chosen me for that specific call. I asked Mother Luisita for a triple portion of her spirit, because I know I will need it!

God named me “Grace”, a name which calls upon Our Lady, Mediatrix of all Grace. The morning that I received this new name and not knowing what it would be, I had spent some time reflecting on all of the gifts and graces that Our Lord has given to me in my life, particularly over the last few years. It struck me that everything we have and are is a pure gift from Him, and it has all come to me through the hands and protection of Our Lady. May we always and everywhere live in gratitude for His grace, our life support!

In a world where our Lord is forgotten, trampled upon, even hated, He named me for His very self, hidden out of humble love for us in the Blessed Sacrament. May we run to Him, spending every free moment to be with Him, to love Him, and to thank Him for all He has done for us!