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...
Tips from St. John Bosco for a Great School Year

Tips from St. John Bosco for a Great School Year

By: Sr. Mary Louise, OCD Many of us are about to head back to school and all of us know that mixed feeling of excitement and apprehension. Whether you lean more towards one emotion or the other, St. John Bosco has some wisdom that will help make this year more...
Everything is Grace

Everything is Grace

Miss Maggie Conklin Since I have begun preparations for entrance, the phrase that holds almost constantly in my mind is from our dear Saint Therese: “everything is grace”. I never would have argued with her before, though lately it has penetrated into my heart in a...
First Profession

First Profession

On July 16th, the Feast of our Patroness, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we celebrated the First Profession of our dear Sister Anastasia Marie! Let us rejoice and be glad! Sister’s family was able to join us for the celebration as well as a beloved priest from back...
Blessed Titus Brandsma

Blessed Titus Brandsma

By: Sister Meredith, O.C.D. On this feast day of Blessed Titus Brandsma, Dutch Carmelite priest and martyr of the Holocaust, we would like to highlight God’s steadfast love and fidelity. God gave Blessed Titus the grace and strength to perform heroic acts of suffering...
A Reflection by Sr Cecilia Marie

A Reflection by Sr Cecilia Marie

By: Sister Cecilia Marie of St. Therese, O.C.D. “From henceforth you shall be called…”What will it be, Lord? Alright, Lord I’ve surrendered. May Your Will be done! Oh, but Lord I really would like this name!” These are the thoughts that occupied my mind as July 16th...
A Reflection by Sr Luisa Grace

A Reflection by Sr Luisa Grace

By: Sister Luisa Grace of the Most Blessed Sacrament, O.C.D. When I reflect on receiving our religious name, I cannot help but think about who named me. The name reflects a cry from the very heart of the Heavenly Father, filled with His Spirit, to lead me and those I...
Final Profession of Sr Meredith of Christ Crucified

Final Profession of Sr Meredith of Christ Crucified

On Sunday, July 15, 2018, Sister Meredith of Christ Crucified, OCD, joined the ranks of countless faith-filled women as she professed her final vows. We embrace her with loving arms, looking forward to how her love and joy will spread God’s own love and joy in...
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

By: Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. On this lovely feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, I encourage you, if you haven’t already done so, to foster within yourself a relationship with Our Lady as a child to a mother. After all, she truly is your heavenly mother.  As you pray,...
Learning the Lesson Leisure

Learning the Lesson Leisure

By: Sister Marie Estelle As a child, looking out the back window of our mini-van, I could see the fields of corn stretching out along either side of I-29 for miles. This could mean only two things: summer and camping! My sisters and I loved the camping adventures that...
A Reflection on Fatherhood

A Reflection on Fatherhood

A tiny hand with squeezable soft fingers Reaches up, waving those wiggly adorable arms wildly upward in incredible movements of air-slicing, music-orchestrating billows of movement, playing, exploring, basking in the breathless beauty of sheer life. Another hand,...