Walking with Grace into 2021

We are counting our blessings as we close out 2020.  Regardless of circumstances, we always have the choice to count our blessings, to be grateful.  It’s a life perspective that starts to then shift how we receive and give to others.  This is not about positive...

Blessings

Blessings by Carmelite Sisters | Mercy Rushes In https://carmelitesistersocd.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BLESSINGS.wav We invite you to listen to our rendition of Blessings, from our CD, Mercy Rushes In. Singing is praying twice and as close out 2020, let us count...
Beginning the New Year

Beginning the New Year

“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it.” John 1:9 Many of our sisters love to hike in the San Gabriel Mountains and there is one particular hike that we take in the summer or early fall which spans the entire day.  One year we took...
Need a Savior

Need a Savior

by Sister Meredith, O.C.D. About ten years ago during Advent, I heard this hymn for the first time, “Rorate Caeli”, and although I had no clue about its meaning, something stirred within me. I felt all my emotions move with the somber, yet hopeful chant as the notes...
Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

By Sister Laetitia Therese, O.C.D. It was December 12. I had recently become absolutely convinced that Our Lord was calling me to religious life, but as I drove to school that morning, I prayed about my family. What was going to happen to them? Didn’t they need me...
My Heaven is You, My God and You are in my Soul

My Heaven is You, My God and You are in my Soul

By Sister Meredith, O.C.D. “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force.”  Before I came to faith in Jesus Christ, it seemed on the surface, I had it all together.  I had a promising...

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Every advent, we sing O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Take some time to reflect upon the words as you sing it this Advent as a prayer flowing out from your own heart. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. And ransom captive Israel. That mourns in lonely exile here. Until the Son of God...
Virtual Handmaidens

Virtual Handmaidens

Handmaidens is a faith formation group for single women between the ages of 18 and 35 who desire to cultivate a deeper relationship with Our Lord and walk the faith journey alongside other women. This program is also dedicated to helping young women cultivate a deeper...

The Royal Way with Mary | Virtual Day of Prayer

The Royal Way with Mary | Virtual Day of Prayer Praised be Jesus Christ! Welcome to our first virtual Handmaidens Day of Prayer! For those of you who have joined us before for an ‘in-person’ Handmaidens Day of Prayer, you’ll find we’ve been able to incorporate many of...

Advent Booklet 2020

You can read through the Carmelite Advent Reflections 2020 booklet here, or download the PDF using the button. If you would like to share this with family and friends, please share using the buttons below. All proceeds go toward supporting our mission. Share on...

Heal Our Land

We invite you to listen to our original rendition of Heal Our Land, from our CD, Light into Fire. Singing is praying twice and it is our hope and prayer that unity, peace and trust will reign in our homes, in our country, in world, in our Church. Available on Amazon...

Be the Light

BE THE LIGHT that shines out brightly bringing and reflecting God’s love to others. How needed it is in our world today. Lord, Jesus, we love You, we trust in You, be our...
The Real Stuff of Holiness

The Real Stuff of Holiness

The Real “Stuff” of Holinessby Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. In my book, time is an elusive thing. So is the memory. Both are hard to tangibly grasp. Both can seem restrictive. Neither is guaranteed. Both also offer a boatload of opportunity. Time and memory are two...
A Sign of Contradiction

A Sign of Contradiction

by Sister Isabelle, O.C.D. Lift high the Cross!!! There we can see what it looks like to love even unto death. There we can see what God is to the core – PURE LOVE. As we watch the firefighters work day and night to save our lives, we can see His love incarnate once...
Back to School: Why We Do What We Do

Back to School: Why We Do What We Do

By Sister Mary Louise, O.C.D. Back to school. Usually that phrase brings to mind a set of familiar routines and predictable procedures. For much of America and even the world, that is not the case this year. Whether you are heading back to in-person or distance...
Final Profession of Sister Mara of Jesus, O.C.D.

Final Profession of Sister Mara of Jesus, O.C.D.

Back to the Final Profession Page Esperamos que ustedes, nuestra querida familia y amigos puedan presenciar nuestra consagración total a Jesucristo, nuestro Divino Esposo, para siempre! Rezamos que, a través de nuestra consagración, se abran las puertas del cielo y...
Final Profession of Sister Joseph Francesca of St. Teresa, O.C.D.

Final Profession of Sister Joseph Francesca of St. Teresa, O.C.D.

Back to the Final Profession Page A Reflection by Sister Joseph Francesca, O.C.D. My time in Carmel has been rich in love, life, and lessons learned. As I prepare to say ‘forever’ on July 18, I keep reminding myself that ten years have already passed since I moved to...
Final Profession of Sister Laetitia Therese of Divine Mercy, O.C.D.

Final Profession of Sister Laetitia Therese of Divine Mercy, O.C.D.

Back to the Final Profession Page A Reflection by Sister Laetitia Therese, O.C.D. As I prepare for my perpetual profession, I am filled with gratitude and a sense of awe. I am grateful for having been chosen by God to be totally consecrated to Him through a religious...