Handmaidens in California

Handmaidens in California

Handmaidens (California) is a faith formation group for single women between the ages of 18 and 35 who desire to cultivate a deeper relationship with Our Lord and walk the faith journey alongside other women. This program is also dedicated to helping young women...
Carmelite Sisters Featured on NBC4

Carmelite Sisters Featured on NBC4

Millennial Nuns Fuel Their Faith in Los Angeles The Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles have been actively serving their flock for 90 years By John Cádiz Klemack Bucking the trend, some millennials are seeking a nun’s life, and an Order in...
What is Handmaidens?

What is Handmaidens?

Handmaidens is a faith formation group for single women between the ages of 18 and 35, dedicated to cultivating a deeper relationship with our Lord, as well as a greater understanding and appreciation of the dignity of their vocation as women. Formation and living...
Handmaidens in Colorado

Handmaidens in Colorado

Handmaidens (Colorado) is a faith formation group for single women between the ages of 18 and 35, dedicated to cultivating a deeper relationship with our Lord, as well as a greater understanding and appreciation of the dignity of their vocation as women. Formation and...
10 Reasons to Go On Retreat

10 Reasons to Go On Retreat

Dear Sister, Can you answer a question for me?  Why do people need or even want to make a retreat? I’ve never understood that, given the wonderful options I have right here at home through my parish, and, of course, the vast array of media opportunities we...
Handmaidens | March 25, 2017

Handmaidens | March 25, 2017

Throughout her letters, Mother Luisita repeatedly challenges us: “Be what you are supposed to be- a saint!” She encourages us to have magnanimous souls and to strive for holiness for God’s greater honor and glory and the salvation of...
Healing Through the Hands of Our Mothers

Healing Through the Hands of Our Mothers

Lourdes and Luisita are two words which inspire very different thoughts in our minds. Lourdes- we think of Mary, Bernadette, grottos, water, and healing. Luisita; we think of our Mother foundress, Mexico, hospitals, schools, and religious persecution. The two...
Yes, Jesus Loves Me

Yes, Jesus Loves Me

A heavy marine layer fell like a pall over Long Beach, California, bringing colder, damper weather. I had set aside the day to visit my sister and together we were going to visit our mom’s grave in All Souls’ Cemetery, right there on Cherry Avenue, just north of...
Advent: Mercy Rushes In

Advent: Mercy Rushes In

We Sisters have just recorded a new album, “Mercy Rushes In.” With the Year of Mercy ending on November 20th, we wanted to capture its essence in a way that we could go back to over and over again! And that is something like Advent. Advent is a way to...
Grandparents’ Day

Grandparents’ Day

By:  Marta Timar   God has given me the gift of a very blessed life, and I am truly grateful.  There was, however, one missing link in the otherwise idyllic world of my childhood, namely grandparents.  I, of course, had grandparents, but three were deceased...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Divine Mercy Challenge

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....
The Divine Mercy Challenge

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...
The Divine Mercy Challenge

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...
The Divine Mercy Challenge

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...
The Divine Mercy Challenge

Divine Mercy Novena (Easter Sunday)

Day 3 – All devout and faithful souls “Today bring to Me all Devout and Faithful Souls, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. These souls brought me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were a drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of...
The Divine Mercy Challenge

Divine Mercy Novena (Easter Monday)

Day 4 – Those who do not believe in Jesus and those who do not yet know Him “Today bring to Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not know Me, I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart....
The Divine Mercy Challenge

Divine Mercy Novena (Holy Saturday)

Day 2 – The souls of priests and religious “Today bring to Me the Souls of Priests and Religious, and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out...