Tips from St. John Bosco for a Great School Year

Tips from St. John Bosco for a Great School Year

By: Sr. Mary Louise, OCD Many of us are about to head back to school and all of us know that mixed feeling of excitement and apprehension. Whether you lean more towards one emotion or the other, St. John Bosco has some wisdom that will help make this year more...
Everything is Grace

Everything is Grace

Miss Maggie Conklin Since I have begun preparations for entrance, the phrase that holds almost constantly in my mind is from our dear Saint Therese: “everything is grace”. I never would have argued with her before, though lately it has penetrated into my heart in a...
First Profession

First Profession

On July 16th, the Feast of our Patroness, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we celebrated the First Profession of our dear Sister Anastasia Marie! Let us rejoice and be glad! Sister’s family was able to join us for the celebration as well as a beloved priest from back...
Blessed Titus Brandsma

Blessed Titus Brandsma

By: Sister Meredith, O.C.D. On this feast day of Blessed Titus Brandsma, Dutch Carmelite priest and martyr of the Holocaust, we would like to highlight God’s steadfast love and fidelity. God gave Blessed Titus the grace and strength to perform heroic acts of suffering...
A Reflection by Sr Cecilia Marie

A Reflection by Sr Cecilia Marie

By: Sister Cecilia Marie of St. Therese, O.C.D. “From henceforth you shall be called…”What will it be, Lord? Alright, Lord I’ve surrendered. May Your Will be done! Oh, but Lord I really would like this name!” These are the thoughts that occupied my mind as July 16th...
A Reflection by Sr Luisa Grace

A Reflection by Sr Luisa Grace

By: Sister Luisa Grace of the Most Blessed Sacrament, O.C.D. When I reflect on receiving our religious name, I cannot help but think about who named me. The name reflects a cry from the very heart of the Heavenly Father, filled with His Spirit, to lead me and those I...
Final Profession of Sr Meredith of Christ Crucified

Final Profession of Sr Meredith of Christ Crucified

On Sunday, July 15, 2018, Sister Meredith of Christ Crucified, OCD, joined the ranks of countless faith-filled women as she professed her final vows. We embrace her with loving arms, looking forward to how her love and joy will spread God’s own love and joy in...
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

By: Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. On this lovely feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, I encourage you, if you haven’t already done so, to foster within yourself a relationship with Our Lady as a child to a mother. After all, she truly is your heavenly mother.  As you pray,...
Learning the Lesson Leisure

Learning the Lesson Leisure

By: Sister Marie Estelle As a child, looking out the back window of our mini-van, I could see the fields of corn stretching out along either side of I-29 for miles. This could mean only two things: summer and camping! My sisters and I loved the camping adventures that...
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!” .image-hover-layout .et_pb_blurb_content { max-width: 100%; } .image-hover-layout .et_pb_blurb_content img { width: 100%; }...
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...