10 Reasons to Go On Retreat

10 Reasons to Go On Retreat

Dear Sister, Can you answer a question for me?  Why do people need or even want to make a retreat? I’ve never understood that, given the wonderful options I have right here at home through my parish, and, of course, the vast array of media opportunities we...
Handmaidens | March 25, 2017

Handmaidens | March 25, 2017

Throughout her letters, Mother Luisita repeatedly challenges us: “Be what you are supposed to be- a saint!” She encourages us to have magnanimous souls and to strive for holiness for God’s greater honor and glory and the salvation of...
Serving with the Sisters | May 27 – June 10, 2017

Serving with the Sisters | May 27 – June 10, 2017

Do you have a heart for service? Join the Carmelite Sisters for a unique experience that will combine depth of Carmelite Spirituality with the joy of volunteering. We will take on special projects at the Sisters’ apostolates of health care, retreat work and education...
A Valentine from Saint John of the Cross

A Valentine from Saint John of the Cross

 The Living Flame of Love by St. John of the Cross   O living flame of Love That tenderly wounds my soul in its deepest center! Since now You are not oppressive, Now perfect me if it be your will: Tear through the veil of this sweet encounter!   O sweet cautery,...
Healing Through the Hands of Our Mothers

Healing Through the Hands of Our Mothers

Lourdes and Luisita are two words which inspire very different thoughts in our minds. Lourdes- we think of Mary, Bernadette, grottos, water, and healing. Luisita; we think of our Mother foundress, Mexico, hospitals, schools, and religious persecution. The two...
Celebrating Catholic Schools Week | The Day the Light Dawned

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week | The Day the Light Dawned

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. I am a Carmelite Sister who teaches 200 high school students daily during five class periods beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending about 2:30 p.m. Each of my classes has 40 students. Each student is a cherished, never-to-be-repeated,...
Celebrating Catholic Schools Week: They’s All My Brothers

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week: They’s All My Brothers

By: Sister Marie-Aimee, O.C.D. A few years ago, I was teaching 7th grade in one of our elementary schools. One night at recreation, a sister shared about the time one of her first graders declared to his classmates that Kobe Bryant was his dad. The other children...
Final Profession | Sister Teresa of St. Augustine, O.C.D

Final Profession | Sister Teresa of St. Augustine, O.C.D

By: Renee Webb Excerpt from: The Catholic Globe Sister Teresa of St. Augustine, O.C.D., formerly Nicole Marie Morlok who was raised in Manning, professed her perpetual vows as a Carmelite Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles in Alhambra, Calif., on July 17....
Santa Teresita Block Party | February 18, 2017

Santa Teresita Block Party | February 18, 2017

You’re invited… Saturday, February 18, 2017 11:00 am – 2:00 pm 819 Buena Vista St., Duarte, California 91010-1703 Featuring: Free BBQ Free Health Screenings World Famous Magician, Gene Urban Live Music, The Maestros Face Painting Raffle for Prizes To...
The Origin of the Infant of Prague

The Origin of the Infant of Prague

The miraculous statue of the Infant of Prague is a wax-coated wooden statue of the Child Jesus approximately 19 inches tall which dates back to the mid 1550s. “The Little King,” another popular name given to this statu, wears a crown, and in the left hand...
Yes, Jesus Loves Me

Yes, Jesus Loves Me

A heavy marine layer fell like a pall over Long Beach, California, bringing colder, damper weather. I had set aside the day to visit my sister and together we were going to visit our mom’s grave in All Souls’ Cemetery, right there on Cherry Avenue, just north of...
Christmas Eve Reflection from Sister Regina Marie

Christmas Eve Reflection from Sister Regina Marie

Just hours before we approach the Crib, God speaks to us a liberating word. God needs my YES – AND — if it is not yet a perfect YES, I am not disqualified. The Archangel Gabriel didn’t get as faith-filled reception from Zechariah as he did from Mary. Zechariah...
Contemplating the Christmas Triptych

Contemplating the Christmas Triptych

“Jesus, Who is born tonight, is born thrice. He is born of the Blessed Virgin, in the stable of Bethlehem; he is born by grace, in the hearts of the shepherds, who are the first fruits of the Christian Church; and He is born from all eternity in the bosom of the...
Posadas Reflection

Posadas Reflection

During the second week in December, it is always the time to bring out the boxes in which the statues of St. Joseph, Our Lady, and the traditional donkey are readied for their appearance in our annual Las Posadas. Various  areas are prepared to receive these...
Advent: Mercy Rushes In

Advent: Mercy Rushes In

We Sisters have just recorded a new album, “Mercy Rushes In.” With the Year of Mercy ending on November 20th, we wanted to capture its essence in a way that we could go back to over and over again! And that is something like Advent. Advent is a way to...
Las Posadas Novena

Las Posadas Novena

Saturday evening thirty young women joined us for the second day of our Las Posadas Novena. Walking with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, we meditated upon our own journey to find Christ in the silence and stillness of our hearts this Christmas. With lighted candles we...
Advent: Gratitude is Linked to Faith

Advent: Gratitude is Linked to Faith

Advent is a time of stillness – a time of reflection. We need this quiet to enter within ourselves and discover anew each year the miracle of Christmas. Advent is, of course, the preparation for the coming of Christ. Not only in history, but into our hearts....
Advent: A Glimpse of Eternity

Advent: A Glimpse of Eternity

The hum-drum of daily life can sometimes become more and more, shall we say, monotonous? Most of us have the same daily tasks and for the most part we do them in just about the same way each day, don’t we? The seasons of the church year help us rise above the...
An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

If you hear the word ADVENT what is the first image that comes to your mind? Candles? Wreath? Liturgy. Purple. the hymn “O come Emmanue?” These are some answers people have given over the years. What is yours? Mine is NEW YEAR’S resolution because...