There is Need of Only One Thing – Finding Time to Pray

There is Need of Only One Thing – Finding Time to Pray

By: Sr Mary Clare, O.C.D. I love the person of Martha presented to us in the Scriptures (Luke 10:38-42) … hustling and bustling about trying to prepare a decent meal for Jesus and his disciples, who, in my imagination, probably stopped by unannounced. As for me, I am...
Conforming Our Hearts to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Conforming Our Hearts to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

By: Sr Teresa Christine of the Cross, O.C.D. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a glimpse into the heart of God because Jesus taught us that when we see Him, we see the Father. The veil is pulled aside, and when we gaze upon the Sacred Heart of Jesus which bears the marks...
Friendship with the Saints

Friendship with the Saints

By: Sr Mary Clare, O.C.D. Hey, Philip, you’ll get a really good kick out of this hilarious incident that happened to me today … Catherine, look, I really need your help on this one, it’s a meeting with the City committee tasked with analyzing our proposal … John, I am...
How the Holy Spirit Leads Us to a Deeper Relationship with Christ

How the Holy Spirit Leads Us to a Deeper Relationship with Christ

By: Marta Timar Of the three persons of the Blessed Trinity, it is perhaps the Holy Spirit who is hardest to grasp. Most of us understand God (the Father) to be The Creator, the one who holds the entire universe in His hand, the author of life. Jesus, the second...
The Secrets of Your Grandmother’s Rosary

The Secrets of Your Grandmother’s Rosary

By: Sr. Shawn Pauline, O.C.D. The phone rang. A terrible accident had just occurred. One of her grandchildren had just been in an accident on the farm. The faith I witnessed in that moment was enough to never forget my grandmothers’ rosary. It was my cousin Drew. He...
Do Whatever He Tells You

Do Whatever He Tells You

By: Sr Teresa Christine, O.C.D. May is the month when we celebrate our mothers, who gave us life and protected us when we were most vulnerable. Our moms taught us everything we needed to be able to stand on our own. They picked us up when we fell, and kissed our...
Authentic Friendship-Learning From Mary

Authentic Friendship-Learning From Mary

By Sr. Elizabeth Therese God made us for communion, and as women, we have been given an incredible gift. In fact our fundamental value as women is our ability to receive the other, our gift of receptivity that is characterized by our self-gift, giving the gift of...
What exactly are indulgences?

What exactly are indulgences?

By Marta Timar There are many Catholic teachings shrouded in misunderstanding, and it wouldn’t be far-fetched to say that indulgences rank fairly close to the top of that list. Understanding what indulgences are and what they are not can help clear up the confusion....
A reflection on Easter

A reflection on Easter

By Marta Timar The ultimate among Solemnities, the greatest among Feasts – Easter is the day we celebrate the crowning, central truth of our faith in Jesus Christ. Easter is the most important day of the Christian calendar, more important than even Christmas. It is...
Handmaidens | April 23, 2017

Handmaidens | April 23, 2017

Join many of our sisters as well as our Come and See guests for a beautiful evening at the beach! Dinner, Evening prayer, wonderful company, great music and breathtaking...
Practicing the Presence of God

Practicing the Presence of God

By: Marta Timar The demands of our hectic, fast-paced world often means that we either just don’t get to certain things on our to-do list or we make half-hearted, rushed attempts at them, leaving us with a vague, dissatisfied feeling.  Unfortunately, in this...
Where in the World Is Carmel?

Where in the World Is Carmel?

By Sister Timothy Marie, OCD An interesting question in more ways than one! And one that requires some thought. Just to clear up any confusion right at the beginning, Carmel doesn’t mean the delicious, sweet, sticky candy. That is caramel, with a different spelling...
Immaculate Heart Sisters

Immaculate Heart Sisters

Dearest Sisters in Christ, you took us into your home, your convent on Green Street in Los Angeles. You opened wide your arms, embraced us and told us “Mi casa es su casa” and we have not forgotten you, nor all of the support you gave us in those early...
Bishop John J. Cantwell

Bishop John J. Cantwell

Archbishop Cantwell, when we first met you, Los Angeles was not yet an Archdiocese, so we knew you at first as ‘Bishop Cantwell.’ We came by the Chancery office which was located at that time in the Higgins Building in Los Angeles, and you were there...
Father Leroy Callahan

Father Leroy Callahan

Father Callahan, when we met you that Saturday at the Chancery Office, we didn’t know you were a scholar, speaking seven languages, and writing religion books that would be used across the United States. All we saw was an Irishman with a twinkle in his eye and an open...
Father Francis Ott

Father Francis Ott

Father Ott, we owe you so much! You are the person who was taught us the most about the United States and its very different culture. Twice you moved a vacant house onto a vacant lot so we could have a place to live, both in Long Beach and in Los Angeles. You brought...
The Christian Brothers at St. Mary’s in Moraga

The Christian Brothers at St. Mary’s in Moraga

Dear Brothers in Christ, you are amazing. We have some of the original letters written by Brother Ralph and Brother Gregory. Your exquisite charity and ultimate kindness overflows from those letters. You gave work to many, many of our exiled sisters. You provided...
James Francis Cardinal McIntyre

James Francis Cardinal McIntyre

Cardinal McIntyre, you are a forever friend. As our community grew, you helped us whenever we needed a helping hand. Working in collaboration with you as our local Ordinary was our goal and our privilege.   You were the second Archbishop of Los Angeles and when...
Our Everyone Else, Far Too Numerous to Name Individually

Our Everyone Else, Far Too Numerous to Name Individually

We offer our prayerful gratitude to the many bishops, priests, deacons and seminarians who have been a part of our journey. Each and every one of you has blessed us with your support and assistance in so many ways. We are deeply grateful to our families, benefactors,...