I Can Only Imagine

I Can Only Imagine

By: Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. “Surrounded by your glory, what will my heart feel? … I can only imagine when all I would do Is forever, forever worship You …” (Bart Millard) The greatest consolation when a loved one, or we ourselves, encounter or approach...
Through the Open Door

Through the Open Door

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. In this Year of the Family, we have traveled through all the stages of life. We now approach what many believe to be – The End. This may work on movie screens, but deep within each human being, there is an unspoken certainty that this...
The Tiny Spark

The Tiny Spark

Excerpts taken from To Love Me In Truth and Early Chronicles. Father Leroy Callahan knew of Mother Luisita’s hope for a retreat house, and like Mother Margarita Maria, he never forgot it. Once the congregation became established in the diocese and after the passing of...
Preparing for Death

Preparing for Death

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. To the modern mind, the practice of preparing for death that Saints, monks, and religious through the history of the Church have followed, seems, well, morbid! Here are some practical tips that may just change your mind. Stephen Covey...
Perpetual Profession of Vows | 2019

Perpetual Profession of Vows | 2019

Final Profession of Vows July 21, 2019 Sister Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart (Turner), O.C.D. Sister Maria Goretti of the Sacred Heart (Flores), O.C.D. Sister Gianna of the Resurrection (Heinemann),...
Mystery of Death

Mystery of Death

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. We are coming to the end of our journey together in this ‘Year of the Family’. Our theme is: It ends with love. In this part of our journey we encounter that most mysterious moment, death. In one sense it is a journey we...
First Profession

First Profession

Join us in celebrating the first profession of vows of our four sisters. What a glorious day that was in honor of Our Lady! Hope you enjoy the...
Faithful to the End

Faithful to the End

By: Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. St. Therese once said: “This world is our ship, not our home.” In the Church’s year, November is dedicated specially to pray for the dead and reflect upon our own death: reflecting upon the letter to the Hebrews: “All these died in faith,...
Years of Wisdom, Years of Grace

Years of Wisdom, Years of Grace

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. As we celebrate this ‘Year of the Family’, we come to those most important years where we learn wisdom from experience. Our approach to life suddenly takes on a new viewpoint. As we peer through the “rear view mirror” of...
God Speaks to Us

God Speaks to Us

By: Sister Mary Louise, O.C.D. It really is amazing the ways God will choose to speak to us. Sometimes it is in a church. Often it is through a book we read. Other times He uses a conversation with a friend. Oddly enough, this morning He spoke to me on a treadmill....
Challenges of the golden years

Challenges of the golden years

By: Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. So many people looking forward to retirement find that health and other circumstances can turn the anticipated ‘golden years’ to new challenges. Mother Luisita, who suffered many physical and spiritual trials throughout her entire adult...

Vocation | Sr. Gianna

We wish to offer you some reflections from the sisters making their final profession in 2019, as well as the beautiful stories from their parents. Sister Gianna will make her Final Profession in July, 2019. Reflections from Sr. Gianna Full of Joy I recently had the...
Aging Gracefully

Aging Gracefully

By: Sister Maria Olga, O.C.D.Let us welcome aging as a gift from God showing us the many years of being loved and cared for by Him.  Even though our bodies and mind begin to slow down, we know that our hearts can continue to grow in youthfulness and wisdom by the life...
The Gift of Presence

The Gift of Presence

By: Sister Elizabeth Therese, O.C.D. A chaplain we once had used to say, “People will not remember what you said or did, but they will remember how you made them feel.” We do not know the actual words of Mary’s greeting when she arrived at the home of Zechariah and...
When Prayer is Difficult

When Prayer is Difficult

By: Sister Meredith, O.C.D. Perseverance in prayer can be a challenge, even for many well-intentioned, faithful Christians. Just as life has its ups and downs, so does our prayer life and God can take a soul into a certain darkness where joys and consolations turn...
We Remember | Memorial Day

We Remember | Memorial Day

By: Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. To remember is a powerful thing. It transports us back to past experiences; it connects us relationally with others; and it provides context to current situations. Remembering is deeply tied to who we are. That’s why memory loss is...
Middle of the Road of Life

Middle of the Road of Life

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. Well, we made it! All you fellow mid-lifers now over the hill and through the glen we have journeyed through life. The children are older, the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), is a regular companion, and the famous...
Peace of Soul

Peace of Soul

By: Sister Mary Louise, O.C.D. It happens to all of us, Carmelites included. The day’s schedule looms larger and longer than a twenty-four hour period can hold, frustrations and failures from yesterday weigh heavy on us, and on the horizon, tomorrow seems to be...
Spiritual Motherhood

Spiritual Motherhood

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. Spiritual Motherhood – Can You Answer My Question? Not long ago, I typed “spiritual motherhood” into the search bar of my computer. It is such an intriguing concept, being a spiritual mother. It has an aura of mystery, it seems to me....