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,...
O Sweet Heart of Mary, I Love You!

O Sweet Heart of Mary, I Love You!

Sister Isabelle, OCD Does God ever lead you by questions? He does me. In fact, this happened to me just the other day. I had a question in my mind and after bringing it trustingly to the Lord in prayer for several months, He showed me something new. I had been...
The Luxury of Leisure: A Bit of Southern Wisdom

The Luxury of Leisure: A Bit of Southern Wisdom

Sister Maria Goretti   As the ice-cold beads of water drip down the side of my glass, I grasp it, feeling the wet, refreshing condensation which readily pours from sweet Southern iced tea in the summer. On a hot Louisiana day in August, I couldn’t think of anything...
Stop and Smell the Mystical Rose

Stop and Smell the Mystical Rose

By: Sister Shawn Pauline As a freshman in college the last thing on my mind was the total consecration to Mary. A convincing and caring “R.A.”(Resident Adviser) who lived down the hall approached me about this wonderful way to give myself completely to Jesus, through...
He Grants our Deepest Desires

He Grants our Deepest Desires

Reflection by Sister Meredith of Christ Crucified, O.C.D. Praised be Jesus Christ! By God’s grace, I will soon be professing my final vows to our Lord Jesus Christ, binding myself to be poor, chaste, and obedient forever. I couldn’t ask for anything more! My heart is...
Jubilee 2018

Jubilee 2018

Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving Sister Mary Gonzaga of the Blessed Sacrament (Martinez), O.C.D. “His love is everlasting, so watch out!” 75 Years Sister Mary Gonzaga of the Blessed Sacrament (Martinez), O.C.D. Sister Alphonsina of the Heart of Mary (Sanchez), O.C.D....
Our Lady of Sorrows is Our Lady of Hope

Our Lady of Sorrows is Our Lady of Hope

By Sister Isabelle, O.C.D. A few months ago, I received word from my mother that my Aunt had been found without a pulse in the inn where she was staying. She had already passed away several days before they found her and we still do not know how she died. My beloved...
Look on the Star, Look to Mary

Look on the Star, Look to Mary

By Sister Marie Estelle, OCD “Ave Maris Stella”- Hail Star of the Sea, is an ancient title for Our Lady. It hails from a time when transportation relied heavily on ships on the sea. As a guide sea captains used a compass and the stars to get them safely to port....
Zeal is Faith and Love in Action

Zeal is Faith and Love in Action

By Sister Meredith, OCD As a second year novice, I was sent to live with our elder sisters at the Casa Nazarena Convent, lovingly referred to as “Casa”. It’s the home for our sisters in need of assistance in their daily living due to age, sickness, or both. I recall...
A Personal Reflection on Easter

A Personal Reflection on Easter

by Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. Easter! What comes to mind An Easter egg hunt? Those darling bunny rabbits? Little chicks breaking out of eggs? “Spring” break? Chocolate!!!! What a sad commentary on our culture! As precious as those cute little chicks are, and how...
The Sacred Triduum

The Sacred Triduum

By: Sister Meredith, OCD The Sacred Easter Triduum, or three holy days before Easter, is the summit of the Liturgical Year from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. “Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding...
St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Why do the Irish love Saint Patrick? Because St. Patrick loves the Irish! Many people associate St. Patrick with green shamrocks and beer. He did use a shamrock to teach the Irish about the Trinity and probably enjoyed a good celebration, but there is a lot more to...
Make A Joyful Noise!

Make A Joyful Noise!

By: Sister Ines, OCD “That’s not a sandwich. It’s a mattress!” I can still see the twinkle in my mom’s eyes as she charmingly responded, “Solo es un colchoncito” – “It’s only a little mattress,” and calmly poured the remaining bit of coffee into her mug. As a mother...
The Deadline that Changed My Prayer Life

The Deadline that Changed My Prayer Life

By: Sister Timothy Marie, OCD Mornings are God’s masterpieces. A new day awakens, filled with potential. The night sky disappears into the heavens, while the sun slowly creeps up out of the distant horizon. Most of the time, I don’t see the sun rise. Dawn comes quite...
Patience – A Beautiful Fruit!

Patience – A Beautiful Fruit!

By: Sister Marie Estelle, OCD Patience. This simple word can evoke such a variety of responses! “It’s impossible to practice, I simply get so annoyed.” Take a moment and examine what our first thoughts are when you hear the word PATIENCE. Was it a negative thought?...
Bridges of Healing

Bridges of Healing

By: Sister Immaculata, OCD Read Part 1 Here! Read Part 2 Here! I believe that Jesus is counting heavily on us to treat others with His patience and kindness, especially in our families and in our work relationships. This is where we’ll be tempted the most. I think...
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...