An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

If you hear the word ADVENT what is the first image that comes to your mind? Candles? Wreath? Liturgy. Purple. the hymn “O come Emmanue?” These are some answers people have given over the years. What is yours? Mine is NEW YEAR’S resolution because...
Religious Life Article

Religious Life Article

By Anne Tschanz Ven. Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament —Obedient Servant of the Most Sacred Heart The Mexican Revolution of the 1920’s wreaked havoc upon the Church in Mexico, resulting in persecution, martyrdom and exile for many religious and priests....
Welcome NET Ministries

Welcome NET Ministries

The new partnership began on July 2016, with NET’s new California Regional Office at the St. Joseph Campus. NET Ministries challenges young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the...
Works of Mercy in the Year of Mercy

Works of Mercy in the Year of Mercy

(This article and many more, can be found in our Spirit of Carmel Publication) During His earthly life, Jesus taught the importance of loving our neighbor in word and deed through His miracles and parables. The Church now calls these actions the “corporal” and...
Novena – Day 9 | Blessed Josepha Naval Girbés

Novena – Day 9 | Blessed Josepha Naval Girbés

Novena Day 9 Blessed Josepha Naval Girbés (1820-1893) “Prayer, prayer…pray for a while each day, and life will be easier and bearable. Learn to speak with God without words and, in this way, practice the prayer of meditation. Be faithful and reverent before the Lord...
Novena – Day 8 | Blessed Maria Mercedes Prat

Novena – Day 8 | Blessed Maria Mercedes Prat

Novena Day 8 Blessed Maria Mercedes Prat (1880-1936) “I must obey, because it is the will of God.” Blessed Maria Mercedes Prat Feast Day ~ July 24 Mercedes was born in Barcelona in 1880, and from her earliest childhood, committed herself to God. Even as a young girl,...
Novena – Day 7 | Blessed Francis Palau y Quer

Novena – Day 7 | Blessed Francis Palau y Quer

Novena Day 7 Blessed Francis Palau y Quer (1811-1872) “The voice of God leaves no emptiness in the soul, it fills her and does not doubt.” Blessed Francis Palau y Quer Feast Day ~ November 7 The seventh of nine children, Francis was born in Spain, in 1811 into a...
Novena – Day 6 | Blessed Mary of the Incarnation

Novena – Day 6 | Blessed Mary of the Incarnation

Novena Day 6 Blessed Mary of the Incarnation (1566–1618) “Lord Jesus, I very humbly beg you to look from now on through my eyes, speak by my tongue, and accomplish by all my members and senses the things which are agreeable to you.” Blessed Mary of the Incarnation...
Novena – Day 5 | Saint Raphael Kalinowski

Novena – Day 5 | Saint Raphael Kalinowski

Novena Day 5 Saint Raphael Kalinowski (1835–1907) “Our Redeemer ever present in the most Blessed Sacrament, extends His hands to everyone. He opens His heart and says, ‘Come to Me, all of you.’” Saint Raphael Kalinowski Feast Day ~ November 19 Jozef Kalinowski was...
Novena – Day 4 | Saint Maria Maravillas of Jesus

Novena – Day 4 | Saint Maria Maravillas of Jesus

Novena Day 4 Saint Maria Maravillas of Jesus (1891-1974) “The sole thing I do many times in the day is to say to the Lord that I wish to live only to love Him and to please Him; that I desire all that He wishes in the way that He wills.” Saint Maria Maravillas of...
Novena – Day 3 | Saint Henry de Osso y Cervello

Novena – Day 3 | Saint Henry de Osso y Cervello

Novena Day 3 Saint Henry de Osso y Cervello (1840-1896) “Christ lived, ate, slept, spoke, kept silent, walked, worked, sweat, got tired, rested, was hungry, thirsty and poor; in a word, He suffered and died for us and for our salvation. Why is it, then, that we cannot...
Novena – Day 2 | Saint Teresa Margaret Redi of the Sacred Heart

Novena – Day 2 | Saint Teresa Margaret Redi of the Sacred Heart

Novena Day 2 Saint Teresa Margaret Redi (1747-1770) “I am resolved to give complete obedience in everything without exception, not only to my superiors, but also to my equals and inferiors, so as to learn from you, my God, who made yourself obedient in far more...
Novena – Day 1 | Blessed Anne of Saint Bartholomew

Novena – Day 1 | Blessed Anne of Saint Bartholomew

Novena Day 1 Blessed Anne of Saint Bartholomew (1549 – 1626) “Silence is precious; by keeping silence and knowing how to listen to God, the soul grows in wisdom and God teaches it what it cannot learn from men.” Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew Feast Day ~ June 7...
Nine Carmelite Saints You Might Not Have Met Yet

Nine Carmelite Saints You Might Not Have Met Yet

Saint Teresa of Ávila, Saint John of the Cross and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux are the probably among the most well-known saints from the Carmelite order. However, the Carmelite family has been richly blessed with many other saintly men and women who might not have the...
Unfolding our Petals

Unfolding our Petals

Sister Faustina, OCD This summer I was taking a brisk walk through our neighborhood with several of our sisters. In this particular area of San Marino, towering magnolia trees shade many of the streets. I love magnolias because their blossoms look so pure and graceful...
Forming Friendships with the Saints

Forming Friendships with the Saints

By: Marta Timar Close friendships are a rewarding part of life and when those friends happen to be the saints in Heaven, it can make for an especially enriching spiritual life for us. Why should we form friendships with the saints? For one thing, in that they...
Prophetic Vocation of Religious Life

Prophetic Vocation of Religious Life

Prophecy: Does it still happen? Where have all the prophets gone? Where are the Isaiahs, Jeremiahs and Ezekiels of the past? In the New Testament, Paul says, “God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers” (1 Cor. 12:28). What are...
November 19th, 2016 | Handmaidens Potluck Dinner

November 19th, 2016 | Handmaidens Potluck Dinner

GOD, YOUR SOUL & ETERNITY Evening Prayer at St. Joseph Chapel, Potluck Dinner, Words From Sister Isabelle, Adoration, Dessert, & Discussion Mother Luisita invites each of us to maintain the proper perspective on life’s joys and sorrows. She asks: “What about...
October 23rd, 2016 | Handmaidens Bake-a-thon

October 23rd, 2016 | Handmaidens Bake-a-thon

Come help us take over the Sacred Heart Retreat House kitchen and prepare for our annual Boutique. Donning hair nets and aprons, we’ll make fudge, mix soups, and bake lots of sweet treats. A beautiful Sunday Holy Hour will conclude the afternoon. Don’t...