Behold Your Handmaid

Behold Your Handmaid

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord.” These words hold within them a depth of mystery one can hardly fathom. We all know that any celebration of Mary is first and foremost a celebration of her Son, Jesus. The feast of the Annunciation is...

Updates from the Carmelites

Praised be Jesus Christ! Many of our friends are inquiring as to “how we are” and asking how the coronavirus is impacting us. Every week, we’d like to continue keeping you up-to-date on the ramifications of this pandemic, as well as the many blessings the good Lord...
Brave Enough to Praise

Brave Enough to Praise

Have you ever been in awe of how St. Paul and the early Christians could be singing songs of praise from prison (Acts 16:5)? Or how Daniel, after hearing that he was not to worship His God on pain of death, went to his home and facing Jerusalem, “…prayed, giving...
Bless Our Priests, O Lord!

Bless Our Priests, O Lord!

ALHAMBRA, CALIFORNIAWe have had the blessing of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass being celebrated at our Motherhouse. What a gift! What an interesting experience this has been. During one of our homilies by Father Donald Kinney, O.C.D., it was noted that this time may...
Practical Tips on Silence

Practical Tips on Silence

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “Silence is golden, golden…” The lyrics of the popular song by the Four Seasons may not have had silence or solitude in mind but the small phase is still true. Silence is not just an absence of words, it is a preparation to open one’s...
The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. Many of us are familiar with the classic film, The Quiet Man. John Wayne’s character evoked an inner strength and steady sureness that quickly appealed to the audience. These same qualities are seen in the greatest of quiet souls,...

Mother Luisita’s Letter on Trusting in God’s Providence

My beloved child, How good our God is, always watching over His children! We should rest entirely in His hands, understanding that His eyes are always upon us, that He will see to it that we lack nothing and grant us anything that we need, if it is for our own good....
Rejoice in Hope

Rejoice in Hope

By Sister Isabelle, O.C.D. This morning I found myself turning to St. Paul for consolation during these very challenging times. In his letter to the Romans, Paul encourages us saying: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” He even goes so...

Mother Luisita’s Letter on Worry and Anxiety

My dear child, So, you have had some days of anguish? Let’s bless Our Lord in all and for all and let’s have our eyes fixed on Him, our Hope, and our Love. Thus, we will go through the ups and downs of life with all tranquility. This life changes as readily as the...
Lessons from a Mother’s Heart

Lessons from a Mother’s Heart

By Sr. Jeannine Marie This Lent we are all facing more than the normal challenges of the season. Our everyday routine and the world as a whole seems to have come to a sudden stop. Naturally, this results in feelings of fear, confusion, and helplessness. Mother Luisita...
All Things Green

All Things Green

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. Every year on March 17 the world suddenly becomes – you’re right – Irish! The feast of Saint Patrick, the Parton Saint of Ireland, crosses all religious, ethnic and even age groups to join people together in celebration. In a real...
Sounding Solitude and Silent Music

Sounding Solitude and Silent Music

By: Sister Mary Colombiere, O.C.D.    My Beloved is the mountains …The tranquil nightAt the approaches of the dawn,The silent music,The murmuring solitude,The supper which revives, and enkindles love. (Spiritual Canticle – Stanza XIV; XV)   The poetry of...
Hidden Virtues Hidden Saints

Hidden Virtues Hidden Saints

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. This year the first day of spring falls on March 19, 2020.  St. Joseph’s Day!  Spring brings a certain stillness to the earth. A waiting. A time of hushed expectancy. Seeds are planted and their growth is a quiet one – a hidden growth...
Practical Tips for Spiritual Motherhood

Practical Tips for Spiritual Motherhood

By: Sister Jeannine Marie “Every woman in the world was made to be a mother either physically or spiritually” (Fulton Sheen). We often do not think of this gift – yes, gift of spiritual motherhood. Here are some practical tips for women to live out their...
Does God Smile?

Does God Smile?

By: Sister Mary Colombiere, O.C.D. Does God smile? Have you ever seen a little child look up to its mother and smile? Such a scene captures the relationship between mother and child – the expression of motherhood. Mother Teresa of Calcutta once remarked, “Every time...
What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

By: Sister Mary Scholastica A handful of times in my life, I KNEW with deep conviction that certain things would come to pass.  I can’t explain it.  I just knew.  My vocation to the Carmelite Sisters was one of these “Aha!” God-moments.  I knew in an instant I had a...
A Reflection on Spiritual Motherhood

A Reflection on Spiritual Motherhood

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D.  “Spiritual motherhood, what in the world is that?” Spiritual motherhood is a topic that more people are becoming aware of within the Catholic Church. Around the United States, retreats and conferences include this subject and new...

Mary and Vocation

Our Blessed Mother is essential in our journey of discernment. We look to her as an example of how to listen to voice of the Lord and respond with whole heart! Sister Anita Mary shares the importance of Mary in Carmel, and an older sister shares a beautiful prayer to...

Faithful and Fervent

Sister Maria Elia gives her vocation story. She felt a desire to be a sister at 13 years old and waited until her 21st birthday when her parents gave her permission to enter. She’s lived the religious life for almost 65 years, and shares much words of wisdom on how to...