A Message to Our Priests

Message from Mother Gloria Therese, O.C.D. Our charism as daughters of Carmel, daughters of Mother Luisita includes in a particular way, praying and sacrificing for our priests. Mother Gloria Therese, our newly elected Superior General, on behalf of the Carmelites...

Cheer you on

CHEER YOU ON A Message For Our Priests We had the blessing of having Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone visit us in Alhambra last year. At that time, we created this video to show Archbishop, in a FUN fashion, how we are supporting him with our love and prayers. With the...

#ClapBecauseWeCare

Heroism is all around us. We see and experience it every day. It becomes more evident during times of great challenge. At this time, we THANK in a very special way, ALL our first responders, including our own sisters who serve in healthcare. We applaud you. We are...
His Absence Makes My Heart Grow Fonder

His Absence Makes My Heart Grow Fonder

Yesterday I was on the phone with one of our dear friends who is wholeheartedly devoted to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. She is experiencing great loss at being unable to even make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament during these days of quarantine. After we spoke, my...
Behold Your Handmaid

Behold Your Handmaid

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord.” These words hold within them a depth of mystery one can hardly fathom. We all know that any celebration of Mary is first and foremost a celebration of her Son, Jesus. The feast of the Annunciation is...
Updates from the Carmelites

Updates from the Carmelites

As is the case with all of us, “social distancing” is very much a part of our day-to-day experience. We sisters are used to engaging with those whom we serve (our retreatants, donors, residents, students, families, priests, etc.) on a daily basis. It is part of our...
Brave Enough to Praise

Brave Enough to Praise

Have you ever been in awe of how St. Paul and the early Christians could be singing songs of praise from prison (Acts 16:5)? Or how Daniel, after hearing that he was not to worship His God on pain of death, went to his home and facing Jerusalem, “…prayed, giving...
Bless Our Priests, O Lord!

Bless Our Priests, O Lord!

ALHAMBRA, CALIFORNIAWe have had the blessing of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass being celebrated at our Motherhouse. What a gift! What an interesting experience this has been. During one of our homilies by Father Donald Kinney, O.C.D., it was noted that this time may...
Practical Tips on Silence

Practical Tips on Silence

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “Silence is golden, golden…” The lyrics of the popular song by the Four Seasons may not have had silence or solitude in mind but the small phase is still true. Silence is not just an absence of words, it is a preparation to open one’s...
The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. Many of us are familiar with the classic film, The Quiet Man. John Wayne’s character evoked an inner strength and steady sureness that quickly appealed to the audience. These same qualities are seen in the greatest of quiet souls,...

Mother Luisita’s Letter on Trusting in God’s Providence

My beloved child, How good our God is, always watching over His children! We should rest entirely in His hands, understanding that His eyes are always upon us, that He will see to it that we lack nothing and grant us anything that we need, if it is for our own good....
Rejoice in Hope

Rejoice in Hope

By Sister Isabelle, O.C.D. This morning I found myself turning to St. Paul for consolation during these very challenging times. In his letter to the Romans, Paul encourages us saying: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” He even goes so...

Mother Luisita’s Letter on Worry and Anxiety

My dear child, So, you have had some days of anguish? Let’s bless Our Lord in all and for all and let’s have our eyes fixed on Him, our Hope, and our Love. Thus, we will go through the ups and downs of life with all tranquility. This life changes as readily as the...
Lessons from a Mother’s Heart

Lessons from a Mother’s Heart

By Sr. Jeannine Marie This Lent we are all facing more than the normal challenges of the season. Our everyday routine and the world as a whole seems to have come to a sudden stop. Naturally, this results in feelings of fear, confusion, and helplessness. Mother Luisita...
All Things Green

All Things Green

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. Every year on March 17 the world suddenly becomes – you’re right – Irish! The feast of Saint Patrick, the Parton Saint of Ireland, crosses all religious, ethnic and even age groups to join people together in celebration. In a real...
Sounding Solitude and Silent Music

Sounding Solitude and Silent Music

By: Sister Mary Colombiere, O.C.D.    My Beloved is the mountains …The tranquil nightAt the approaches of the dawn,The silent music,The murmuring solitude,The supper which revives, and enkindles love. (Spiritual Canticle – Stanza XIV; XV)   The poetry of...
Hidden Virtues Hidden Saints

Hidden Virtues Hidden Saints

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. This year the first day of spring falls on March 19, 2020.  St. Joseph’s Day!  Spring brings a certain stillness to the earth. A waiting. A time of hushed expectancy. Seeds are planted and their growth is a quiet one – a hidden growth...
Practical Tips for Spiritual Motherhood

Practical Tips for Spiritual Motherhood

By: Sister Jeannine Marie “Every woman in the world was made to be a mother either physically or spiritually” (Fulton Sheen). We often do not think of this gift – yes, gift of spiritual motherhood. Here are some practical tips for women to live out their...
Does God Smile?

Does God Smile?

By: Sister Mary Colombiere, O.C.D. Does God smile? Have you ever seen a little child look up to its mother and smile? Such a scene captures the relationship between mother and child – the expression of motherhood. Mother Teresa of Calcutta once remarked, “Every time...