Vocation | Sr. Gianna

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 Gianna will make her Final Profession in July, 2019. Reflections from Sr. Gianna Full of Joy I recently had the...
Aging Gracefully

Aging Gracefully

By: Sister Maria Olga, O.C.D.Let us welcome aging as a gift from God showing us the many years of being loved and cared for by Him.  Even though our bodies and mind begin to slow down, we know that our hearts can continue to grow in youthfulness and wisdom by the life...
The Gift of Presence

The Gift of Presence

By: Sister Elizabeth Therese, O.C.D. A chaplain we once had used to say, “People will not remember what you said or did, but they will remember how you made them feel.” We do not know the actual words of Mary’s greeting when she arrived at the home of Zechariah and...
When Prayer is Difficult

When Prayer is Difficult

By: Sister Meredith, O.C.D. Perseverance in prayer can be a challenge, even for many well-intentioned, faithful Christians. Just as life has its ups and downs, so does our prayer life and God can take a soul into a certain darkness where joys and consolations turn...
We Remember | Memorial Day

We Remember | Memorial Day

By: Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. To remember is a powerful thing. It transports us back to past experiences; it connects us relationally with others; and it provides context to current situations. Remembering is deeply tied to who we are. That’s why memory loss is...
Middle of the Road of Life

Middle of the Road of Life

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. Well, we made it! All you fellow mid-lifers now over the hill and through the glen we have journeyed through life. The children are older, the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), is a regular companion, and the famous...
Peace of Soul

Peace of Soul

By: Sister Mary Louise, O.C.D. It happens to all of us, Carmelites included. The day’s schedule looms larger and longer than a twenty-four hour period can hold, frustrations and failures from yesterday weigh heavy on us, and on the horizon, tomorrow seems to be...
Spiritual Motherhood

Spiritual Motherhood

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. Spiritual Motherhood – Can You Answer My Question? Not long ago, I typed “spiritual motherhood” into the search bar of my computer. It is such an intriguing concept, being a spiritual mother. It has an aura of mystery, it seems to me....
Vocation | Sr. Teresa Margaret

Vocation | Sr. Teresa Margaret

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 Teresa Margaret will make her Final Profession in July, 2019. Reflections of Sr. Teresa Margaret Sister Teresa...
Like a Bridge over Troubled Waters

Like a Bridge over Troubled Waters

By: Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. “Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down” (Simon and Garfunkel) Through our adult years, the peaks and valleys of life become more pronounced and often we can feel ‘adrift’ and helpless much like our Mother Luisita, whose...
Fatima Prayers

Fatima Prayers

The Fatima Prayers Three shepherd children, Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto received visions from heaven in 1916 and 1917 at the Cova da Iria near the town of Fatima in Portugal. In 1916, as if in preparation for the Visits of Our Lady,...
The Final Days

The Final Days

By: Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. We’re back in the United States but wanted to add closure to the Lourdes correspondence. Better late than never has always been my motto! There have been many different occurrences…so many graces. I have been asking other...
The Lourdes Experience

The Lourdes Experience

By: Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. The Mass at the grotto this morning was deeply touching. Because the malade I was assigned to today did not have a companion, I had the blessing of being with her, closer up front in the grotto. I can’t quite express what was so...
Sights and Sounds of Lourdes

Sights and Sounds of Lourdes

By: Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. Praised be Jesus Christ! Thanks to all who are tuning in…and for those who asked for prayers…count on it! We are beginning our third full day in Lourdes. I’m not even sure where to begin. First and foremost, the love and...
Beginning our Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Beginning our Pilgrimage to Lourdes

By: Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. Sister Gloria Therese and I are privileged to be spending the next eight days in Lourdes with the Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta. Every year, they sponsor hundreds of malades (those who are sick) to come to Lourdes to...
Our Carmelite Story

Our Carmelite Story

By Terry and Tom Marinkovich Our Carmelite Story begins with an invitation to a Carmelite Concert hosted by some dear friends. We had conflicting invitations for that evening (both being very special invitations) but we chose to attend the Sisters’ concert. Praise the...
Is the Mass an Epic?

Is the Mass an Epic?

By Sister Mary Louise, O.C.D. It started out like any other sixth grade Social Studies class. Studying ancient civilization, I was introducing my students to the epic of Beowulf and the legendary exploits of Gilgamesh. I touched briefly on what I expected them to...
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...