Zeal is Faith and Love in Action

Zeal is Faith and Love in Action

By Sister Meredith, OCD As a second year novice, I was sent to live with our elder sisters at the Casa Nazarena Convent, lovingly referred to as “Casa”. It’s the home for our sisters in need of assistance in their daily living due to age, sickness, or both. I recall...
A Personal Reflection on Easter

A Personal Reflection on Easter

by Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. Easter! What comes to mind An Easter egg hunt? Those darling bunny rabbits? Little chicks breaking out of eggs? “Spring” break? Chocolate!!!! What a sad commentary on our culture! As precious as those cute little chicks are, and how...
The Sacred Triduum

The Sacred Triduum

By: Sister Meredith, OCD The Sacred Easter Triduum, or three holy days before Easter, is the summit of the Liturgical Year from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. “Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding...
St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Why do the Irish love Saint Patrick? Because St. Patrick loves the Irish! Many people associate St. Patrick with green shamrocks and beer. He did use a shamrock to teach the Irish about the Trinity and probably enjoyed a good celebration, but there is a lot more to...
Make A Joyful Noise!

Make A Joyful Noise!

By: Sister Ines, OCD “That’s not a sandwich. It’s a mattress!” I can still see the twinkle in my mom’s eyes as she charmingly responded, “Solo es un colchoncito” – “It’s only a little mattress,” and calmly poured the remaining bit of coffee into her mug. As a mother...
The Deadline that Changed My Prayer Life

The Deadline that Changed My Prayer Life

By: Sister Timothy Marie, OCD Mornings are God’s masterpieces. A new day awakens, filled with potential. The night sky disappears into the heavens, while the sun slowly creeps up out of the distant horizon. Most of the time, I don’t see the sun rise. Dawn comes quite...
Patience – A Beautiful Fruit!

Patience – A Beautiful Fruit!

By: Sister Marie Estelle, OCD Patience. This simple word can evoke such a variety of responses! “It’s impossible to practice, I simply get so annoyed.” Take a moment and examine what our first thoughts are when you hear the word PATIENCE. Was it a negative thought?...
Bridges of Healing

Bridges of Healing

By: Sister Immaculata, OCD Read Part 1 Here! Read Part 2 Here! I believe that Jesus is counting heavily on us to treat others with His patience and kindness, especially in our families and in our work relationships. This is where we’ll be tempted the most. I think...
Virtue is Flowing

Virtue is Flowing

By: Sister Immaculata, OCD Read Part 1 Here! Picture the image of Divine Mercy with rays emanating from the Heart of Jesus. Just as light through a prism gives off a rainbow of colors, I like to imagine that the Mercy of Christ shining from His Heart breaks off into...
Introducing Venerable Mother Luisita

Introducing Venerable Mother Luisita

INTRODUCING VENERABLE MOTHER LUISITA The constellation of saints within the Carmelite family includes friars, nuns, secular Carmelites, and active Carmelite sisters. Mother Luisita, foundress of one of the early active religious communities, received the Decree of...
What’s Wrong With This Picture?

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

By: Sister Immaculata, OCD When I was in college, both attending classes and completing clinical requirements in various hospitals, I remember being a little confused by what I observed in certain people. I had an atheist professor, but couldn’t help notice how...
World Day for Consecrated Life

World Day for Consecrated Life

By: Sister Meredith, OCD February 2, 2018 In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd and also known as Candlemas Day; the...
Bearing One Another’s Burdens

Bearing One Another’s Burdens

By: Sister Timothy Marie, OCD, Sister Meredith, OCD and Marta Timar We hear the word “tolerance” a lot these days, but what exactly does it mean? It seems the word itself has been largely redefined to mean the opposite of what it used to mean. Today, the...
Celebrating our Jubilarians!

Celebrating our Jubilarians!

Join us in congratulating our 11 Sister Jubilarians who celebrate 25, 50, 60, 70, and 75 years of fidelity to God in their holy vocation. All in all, their years of dedication and self-gift in service to God’s people amount to 555 years!!! Our faithful jubilarians...
Celebrating Catholic Schools Week | I Do Believe in God

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week | I Do Believe in God

By: Sister Faustina, O.C.D. A number of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching 4th grade. I quickly discovered that 4th graders are absolutely beautiful because they are so open to all we try to teach them and it is quite easy to get them excited just about any...
National Catholic Register Mother Luisita

National Catholic Register Mother Luisita

By: Sister Immaculata, OCD Assigning certain patronages to a particular saint is a long-established Catholic tradition, and is usually assigned because of a certain connection to an occupation, status or state of life, country or affiliation that a saint had.  For...
I Witnessed a Miracle

I Witnessed a Miracle

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. Read along as Sr. Timothy Marie narrates her article, I Witnessed a Miracle Before the Miracle, I believed. Now I know. The following story is true. It happened to me. I will never, ever forget it. I had been a Carmelite Sister for...
Learning How to Forgive (Part 3)

Learning How to Forgive (Part 3)

By: Sister Carmelina, OCD “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, . . . forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put...
Learning How to Forgive (Part 2)

Learning How to Forgive (Part 2)

By: Sister Carmelina, OCD In part 1 of this blog, I reflected on the first steps to move from anger to forgiveness in the New Year. The secret is reaching a deep spirit of consent to the circumstances of my life which moves me to accept myself as well. Knowing that...