Little Peter | Victim Soul

Little Peter | Victim Soul

By Sister Mary Joanne, O.C.D. Young Peter can box with the best, fish as well as his namesake and plays long and hard like any other little boy. But Peter also loves his family and Jesus very much. Peter D’Airelle (7), his brother Jack, (9), and sister, Odette, (5)...
Vocation | Sr. Maria Goretti

Vocation | Sr. Maria Goretti

We wish to offer you some reflections from the sisters making their final profession in 2019, as well as the beautiful stories from their parents. Sister Maria Goretti will make her Final Profession on July ,2019 Reflections from Sister Maria Goretti To be the...
Thriving in Marriage

Thriving in Marriage

By Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. “It’s time for us to more than just survive; we were made to thrive.” (Casting Crowns) In the Sacrament of Matrimony, God calls the spouses to foster holiness and fulfillment for one another. This is the purpose of the Sacramental grace of...
Thriving not just Surviving

Thriving not just Surviving

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. The month of April in our theme of “Family, Created for Love” brings us to the time of adulthood. We have moved from the miracle of birth to the new beginnings of infants and from the wonder of toddlers through the struggles of...
Learning to know the Real Presence

Learning to know the Real Presence

By Dr. Elizabeth Duenas Our children were blessed to have received a Catholic education imbued with Carmelite spirituality. One of the most memorable moments was when our eldest daughter was in first grade at a school administered by the Carmelite Sisters of the Most...
The Struggle is Real

The Struggle is Real

By Sister Francis Maris, O.C.D.and Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. I have seen this phrase multiple times and it’s generally used in playful, silly situations but on the deeper spectrum of life, it still rings true. The struggle is real… for everyone. Recently...
Vocation | Sr. Marie Andre

Vocation | Sr. Marie Andre

Vocation stems from the Latin term “vocationem”, which literally means “a calling”. We wish to offer you some reflections from the sisters making their final profession in 2019, as well as the beautiful stories from their parents. Sister Marie Andre made this...
True Freedom

True Freedom

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. In this year as we celebrate family, we now move to that difficult time of life known as adolescence. We also look at the tenth promise of the Sacred Heart which gives to priests, who practice the devotion, the power to touch the most...
Spiritual tips for Toddlers

Spiritual tips for Toddlers

By Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. Parenting toddlers and little ones can be daunting! There are so many things you are advised to keep in mind as you guide your growing child. Everything from self-esteem, discipline, manners, etc. For a Christian parent, however, there is...
Final Profession of Sister Marie Andre of the Holy Family

Final Profession of Sister Marie Andre of the Holy Family

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Sister Marie Andre of the Holy Family, OCD, said her “yes” to Jesus forever in her Final Profession of vows. We welcome her with loving arms and look forward to how God’s gifts within her will flower...
A World of Wonder

A World of Wonder

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “Sinners will find in My Heart an infinite ocean of mercy.” Sixth Promise of the Sacred Heart “And I think to myself what a wonderful world…” These are words from February’s theme song, What a Wonderful...
First Profession | Sr. Helene Therese

First Profession | Sr. Helene Therese

On January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany, we celebrated the First Profession of one of our Georgia Peaches. Sister Helene Therese! Let us rejoice and be glad! Sister’s family was able to join us for the celebration and our Chaplain Rev. Donald Kinney, O.C.D., a...
Practical Tips | Getting to Know Jesus

Practical Tips | Getting to Know Jesus

By Carmelite SistersLife is full of new beginnings. This begins in the family by getting to know all the ins and outs of daily life. Our spiritual life has new beginnings as well. Each day we grow more and more in our knowledge and love of God. Here are some practical...
The Family Created for Love

The Family Created for Love

By Marianne Doi My introduction to the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles began back in 1960, and actually had a few interludes before taking root in 2011: My mother, Agnes Miyeko Doi, was born and reared in San Francisco, CA. Her Issei, or...
Getting to know you: successful marriage

Getting to know you: successful marriage

By Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. “Getting to know you; getting to know all about you.” This is the story of every marriage (especially in the first years), and Mother Luisita had this amazing experience when, at the age of 15, she was married to Dr. Pascual...
New Beginnings

New Beginnings

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “I will shed abundant blessing on all their undertakings.” The lyrics to our song this month: “Getting to know you,” say, That if you become a teacher by your pupils you’ll be taught. Isn’t this true...
Handmaidens in California

Handmaidens in California

Handmaidens (California) is a faith formation group for single women between the ages of 18 and 35, dedicated to cultivating a deeper relationship with our Lord, as well as a greater understanding and appreciation of the dignity of their vocation as women. Formation...
It’s Christmas for all of the children

It’s Christmas for all of the children

Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. In this year when we celebrate the family, December highlights birth or new life. We recall the song Lo How a Rose E’re Blooming where we share with you the wonder of childhood and celebrate the child in each of us. Each new life is a...
‘Tis the Season for Advent

‘Tis the Season for Advent

Dear Friends, Praised be Jesus Christ! We’d like to provide some practical tips on celebrating the profound spirit of Advent, which begins on Sunday, December 2nd through December 24th. These are grace-filled days that prepare the heart for the coming of our...