‘Tis the Season for Advent

‘Tis the Season for Advent

Dear Friends, Praised be Jesus Christ! We’d like to provide some practical tips on celebrating the profound spirit of Advent, which begins on Sunday, December 2nd through December 24th. These are grace-filled days that prepare the heart for the coming of our...
Christmas Presence

Christmas Presence

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “I will comfort them in their trials.” Third Promise of the Sacred Heart December finds us focusing on the wonderful miracle of birth. Saint John reminds us, “When a woman is in travail she has sorrow because her hour...
Toddler Tyrant | Venerable Anne de Guigné

Toddler Tyrant | Venerable Anne de Guigné

By Sister Mary Joanne, O.C.D. She is incorrupt and has been declared Venerable, her life recognized as exemplifying heroic virtue. In 1911, Anne de Guigné came into this world, followed within four years by a brother, JoJo and two sisters, Lelaine and Marinette. Her...
Children Are Our Favorite Things

Children Are Our Favorite Things

By Sister Carmelina After getting in trouble for something, a little boy said, “I’m only 5—I don’t know all the rules yet!” Parents have many enjoyable moments in raising their children, especially when the child comes up with those cute comments that take us by...
Sisters Helping Sisters

Sisters Helping Sisters

By: Lydia, Cynthia & Frances A few years ago, a friend of our younger sister Cynthia suggested that she volunteer in the kitchen at the Sacred Heart Retreat House because she loves to bake so much. We three Vartanian sisters had all attended prior Fall Boutiques...
Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.” First Promise of the Sacred Heart November highlights the Sacred Heart’s gift of grace. What is grace? One definition is the “freely given,...
A Family of Vocations

A Family of Vocations

As we celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, we are reminded of this year’s theme, “Family Created for Love.” We are privileged to have such a family right here in our Carmel! The seed of vocations start in the home and the divine Gardener found fertile soil in...
Put your hand in the hand…

Put your hand in the hand…

Sister Mary Joanne, O.C.D. “Jesus called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt. 18:2-3). October brings to mind the Miracle of Fatima that...
God’s Grace | Wind Beneath Our Wings

God’s Grace | Wind Beneath Our Wings

By Sister Carmelina “I can fly higher than an eagle, for you are the wind beneath my wings.” The pain and disappointment of being childless can only be understood by those who have suffered this sadness. Mother Luisita is one who can relate to this sorrow since she...
Practical Tips for Family: Words of Wisdom

Practical Tips for Family: Words of Wisdom

Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. Many of you, I am sure, have sat patiently and listened to the flight attendants give you all the safety tips before your flight. “Please adjust your own mask before helping other’s with theirs.” Family life is filled...
What’s in a song?

What’s in a song?

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “Fervent souls will rapidly grow in holiness and perfection.” Eighth Promise of the Sacred Heart In this month of October, we are highlighting the eighth promise of the Sacred Heart: “Fervent souls will rapidly grow in...
“Family Begins with Love”

“Family Begins with Love”

By: Sister Meredith & Sister Michelle, O.C.D. Each month, a reflection of Mother Maria Luisa Josefa’s life will be presented to offer our readers a glimpse into the life of our Venerable Foundress, lovingly called Mother Luisita. She was a woman of great virtue...
Practical Tips for Family: What the World Needs Now

Practical Tips for Family: What the World Needs Now

By: Sister Carmelina, OCD A loving family begins with a loving couple. So let’s start this month with a few practical ‘time honored’ tips for a strong marriage which is the foundation of a happy and holy family. These are some suggested questions for couples as you...
Unexpected Journey

Unexpected Journey

By Eileen Smith It was March 2011. My grandmother had lived a long, beautiful, and full life raising four children. She was additionally blessed with being able to see her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow as she was facing the end of her life. In the 1920s,...

Renewal of Vows

Tomorrow we renew our vows to the Lord! Have you witnessed a husband and wife calling to mind the covenant they made through their marriage vows? This can be done on special anniversaries at Holy Mass with a special blessing from the...
Image Worth a 1000 Views

Image Worth a 1000 Views

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “I will bless every place in which an image of my Heart is exposed and honored.” Ninth Promise of the Sacred Heart of Jesus In our “selfie” society of social media, image is everything. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—everywhere we look...
The Family, Created for Love

The Family, Created for Love

By: Sister Meredith, O.C.D. We are born into this world as infants, entirely receptive and dependent on our parents to give us the love and nourishment we need. As we mature into adulthood, we are able to return what we first received unconditionally: love,...
Just Getting By

Just Getting By

By Sister Ines, O.C.D. “Let her alone, Henry. This is an excellent paper, and she’s going to ace it.” I tried to pretend I agreed with the favorable judgment being made of me before my brother Henry interrupted: “Yes, but she’s lazy and complacent. She had weeks to...