Virtue is Flowing

Virtue is Flowing

By: Sister Immaculata, OCD Read Part 1 Here! Picture the image of Divine Mercy with rays emanating from the Heart of Jesus. Just as light through a prism gives off a rainbow of colors, I like to imagine that the Mercy of Christ shining from His Heart breaks off into...
Introducing Venerable Mother Luisita

Introducing Venerable Mother Luisita

INTRODUCING VENERABLE MOTHER LUISITA The constellation of saints within the Carmelite family includes friars, nuns, secular Carmelites, and active Carmelite sisters. Mother Luisita, foundress of one of the early active religious communities, received the Decree of...
What’s Wrong With This Picture?

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

By: Sister Immaculata, OCD When I was in college, both attending classes and completing clinical requirements in various hospitals, I remember being a little confused by what I observed in certain people. I had an atheist professor, but couldn’t help notice how...
World Day for Consecrated Life

World Day for Consecrated Life

By: Sister Meredith, OCD February 2, 2018 In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd and also known as Candlemas Day; the...
Bearing One Another’s Burdens

Bearing One Another’s Burdens

By: Sister Timothy Marie, OCD, Sister Meredith, OCD and Marta Timar We hear the word “tolerance” a lot these days, but what exactly does it mean? It seems the word itself has been largely redefined to mean the opposite of what it used to mean. Today, the...
Celebrating our Jubilarians!

Celebrating our Jubilarians!

Join us in congratulating our 11 Sister Jubilarians who celebrate 25, 50, 60, 70, and 75 years of fidelity to God in their holy vocation. All in all, their years of dedication and self-gift in service to God’s people amount to 555 years!!! Our faithful jubilarians...
Celebrating Catholic Schools Week | I Do Believe in God

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week | I Do Believe in God

By: Sister Faustina, O.C.D. A number of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching 4th grade. I quickly discovered that 4th graders are absolutely beautiful because they are so open to all we try to teach them and it is quite easy to get them excited just about any...
National Catholic Register Mother Luisita

National Catholic Register Mother Luisita

By: Sister Immaculata, OCD Assigning certain patronages to a particular saint is a long-established Catholic tradition, and is usually assigned because of a certain connection to an occupation, status or state of life, country or affiliation that a saint had.  For...
I Witnessed a Miracle

I Witnessed a Miracle

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. Read along as Sr. Timothy Marie narrates her article, I Witnessed a Miracle Before the Miracle, I believed. Now I know. The following story is true. It happened to me. I will never, ever forget it. I had been a Carmelite Sister for...
Learning How to Forgive (Part 3)

Learning How to Forgive (Part 3)

By: Sister Carmelina, OCD “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, . . . forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put...
Learning How to Forgive (Part 2)

Learning How to Forgive (Part 2)

By: Sister Carmelina, OCD In part 1 of this blog, I reflected on the first steps to move from anger to forgiveness in the New Year. The secret is reaching a deep spirit of consent to the circumstances of my life which moves me to accept myself as well. Knowing that...
Learning How to Forgive (Part 1)

Learning How to Forgive (Part 1)

By: Sister Carmelina, OCD The new year, new hopes for the future, new ideas for a better me. Oh yes…. A better me…. Hhhmmm…. What does that mean? There are so many levels of me. Where do I start? Definitely my relationship with God should be the first area to...
Handmaidens | February 17, 2018

Handmaidens | February 17, 2018

Join us for a potluck, evening prayer, dinner, conference, games and Rosary at Sacred Heart Retreat House. Topic for the conference: “Blessed is...
Is Joy Possible?

Is Joy Possible?

By: Sister Marie Estelle, OCD Is Joy possible? Really possible? The deep-down, soul-filling kind? Can it be found even in the “ugly-beautiful” as one author has put it? As we move into the season, we’ll all be surrounded by Jingle Bells and lots of food. The sound of...
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...