The Unlikely Canvas

The Unlikely Canvas

By: Sister Ines, OCD “How absurd to expect a painter to use such an inadequate material for a portrait.” These were the thoughts of the 18th century Mexican painter, Miguel Cabrera as he studied the image of our Lady of Guadalupe imprinted on a poor man’s tilma (a...
December by Candlelight

December by Candlelight

By: Sister Timothy Marie, OCD Every day we look forward to the gift of another dawn as the sun begins to peek through the curtain of the night to bring the vibrancy of color back to us yet again. It is a ritual of sorts, isn’t it? When the first blush of the dawn...
St. Nick: One Good Priest

St. Nick: One Good Priest

By: Sister Isabelle, OCD You might be thinking, “What in the world does St. Nick have to do with the priesthood?” The image that may come to mind when you think of St. Nicholas, aka Santa Claus, is of a jolly old man with a pot belly, dressed in a heavy winter, red...
The Beginning of the Liturgical Year

The Beginning of the Liturgical Year

By: Sr Mara, OCD Happy New Year! Liturgical New Year, that is! That’s right! It is the beginning of the Church Year again, marked by the holy season of Advent, when, as a Church, we consciously and solemnly prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. This sacred...
A Dozen Thank You’s

A Dozen Thank You’s

By: Sister Ines, OCD I can still hear it – the sound of the old car horn and the commotion in the house as my sisters and I scrambled toward the door trying to make it to the car before it drove off without us. It was the same ritual, or shall I say “ordeal,” every...
Gratitude Starts with Humility

Gratitude Starts with Humility

By: Sr Antonia Teresa, OCD Gratitude is a beautiful quality.  It draws our attention to the purpose of our existence — God himself. Gratitude is the state of being really thankful for all that God has given us and having a real willingness to return the kindness...
St. Elizabeth of Hungary

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

By: Marta Timar Born in 1207, Elizabeth was the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary and Gertrude of Andechs-Meran.  At the age of four, Elizabeth was betrothed to Ludwig, the son of the Landgrave of Thuringia and taken to the Thuringian court in Wartburg, where she...
Carmelite Souls

Carmelite Souls

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Today, in commemoration of all Carmelite souls, we remember particularly some of our Sisters who have gone before us and upon whose shoulders we stand. Their loving...
Simple Habits that Cultivate Gratitude in Your Daily Life

Simple Habits that Cultivate Gratitude in Your Daily Life

By: Sr Mara, OCD Gratitude is the first sign of a thinking, rational creature.” Father Solanus Casey, the Franciscan Priest who will be beatified on November 17, 2017, gets to the heart of what distinguishes humanity from the rest of creation. As human beings, made in...
A Time to Remember

A Time to Remember

By: Sr Timothy Marie, OCD Caught up in the frenzied pace of 21st century living, we find ourselves walking or running, jogging or riding, and sometimes slipping and sliding along the path of our allotted lifetime. Some good days and some not-so-good days, living our...
All Saints Day

All Saints Day

By: Sr Mariella, OCD All Saints Day. In the Catholic Church we celebrate this day with great solemnity because we want to honor all the saints, whether canonized or not, as all who go to heaven are saints. Being canonized is official recognition by the Church that a...
St Jude and Elderly Care

St Jude and Elderly Care

By: Joanna Mason Looking at a statue of St. Jude, you may have noticed that he often sports some sort of bump on the top of his head. You’ve probable made or at least heard others make various interpretations of this bump, such as, “bad hair day?”, “does he have a...
St Jude and Hope

St Jude and Hope

By: Joanna Mason The apostles are good friends to have, and if you look at your life through the lens of daily prayer, you’ll see that certain saints and apostles want to be your particular friends. The apostles make special friends for us, stealing their way into our...
Fatima

Fatima

By: Sr Mariella, OCD Friday, October 13, 2017, is the 100th Anniversary of the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima to the three shepherd children Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, during which the Miracle of the Sun occurred. Prior to the apparitions of Our Lady, the...
How I met St. Therese

How I met St. Therese

By: Sr Timothy Marie, OCD Back in those memorable days of Hula Hoops, American Bandstand, and those new cars with those long, sleek, beautiful fins, when I was only eleven years old, I first met St. Therese. I can still hear the way the Irish nuns who taught us gave...
The “Chainsaw Nun” – Through Hope, We Can Endure Adversity

The “Chainsaw Nun” – Through Hope, We Can Endure Adversity

By: Sr Margaret Ann The morning after experiencing my first hurricane, my thoughts and concerns were rapidly running every which way. We had just endured fifteen hours of torrential rain and unrelenting winds of over 110 mph. In the deepest part of my heart I was...
Movie Viewing with the Carmelite Sisters | October 20th

Movie Viewing with the Carmelite Sisters | October 20th

The Carmelite Sisters invite you to a pre-screening of “The Same Kind of Different as Me,” a story of an international art dealer Ron Hall who must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife. It’s a story of how simple acts...
Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

By: Sr Timothy Marie, O.C.D. During my morning meditation, the day following the solar eclipse, I kept thinking about it.  My daily 30-minute meditation time isn’t always so filled with ideas. It’s early. We Sisters arise at 4:50 a.m. in our convent here in Douglas,...
Why We L.O.V.E. to Head Back to School

Why We L.O.V.E. to Head Back to School

By: Sr Mary Louise, O.C.D. It’s that time of year, again. Beaches and theme parks are a little less crowded. Haircuts and buying new shoes are on a lot of peoples’ “To Do” lists. And every store has its sales for the season. That’s right – we’re headed back to...