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Persevere

Persevere

A few months ago, we were taking stock of our lives as we closed out 2021 and entered 2022.  Hopefully, many of us took some time to reflect upon how we wanted to grow in freedom and maturity by looking at the areas both within and outside ourselves that we thought needed to be changed, transformed.

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Carmelite MusingsBy Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D Another January 1st. This time it’s 2022. We have no idea what this year will hold. For some, this statement brings a sense of excitement, for others fear. But, do you know there is one thing we can be certain of?...

St. Therese

St. Therese

Carmelite MusingsBy Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. I did not like St. Therese.  At all.  First off, prior to the convent, I was a bit clueless about saints.  Saints did not feel like real people.  Their holy cards always looked a bit too “fake”.  I also didn’t know...

Hiking Life: Attaining the Summit

Hiking Life: Attaining the Summit

Carmelite MusingsBy Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. While walking along the mountain paths of Wrightwood, thoughts of life and how I approach life kept filtering through my mind.  The altitude, the creaking knees, the inclines (and I mean the INCLINES!), the pace, the...

Earth Looks down to Heaven

Earth Looks down to Heaven

by Sister Jeannine Marie “How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for me.” Psalm 116 Spiritual Motherhood. Where did it all begin? It was a cold winter night. Joseph had built a small fire with what little wood he could find scattered around...

Joseph’s Consolation

Joseph’s Consolation

By Sister Isabelle, O.C.D. The rhythmic sound of a man steadily hammering away at work always brings to mind our dear St. Joseph. What a man! St. Joseph was a strong workman as so many good men who labor to provide the basics for their families today. Like them,...

The Healing of Heaven

The Healing of Heaven

Our world is in pain. Over the past year, we’ve watched illness, social isolation, economic downfall, social unrest, and political turmoil sweep away all normalcy, leaving fear and anger in their wake. Holy water fonts have been emptied and replaced by bottles of hand sanitizer.

In Thanksgiving

In Thanksgiving

This February 2, 2021 is a milestone anniversary for the Carmelite Sisters. One hundred years ago in Mexico, Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament and her Sisters became officially affiliated with the Order of Discalced Carmelites.

The Real Stuff of Holiness

The Real Stuff of Holiness

The Real “Stuff” of Holinessby Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. In my book, time is an elusive thing. So is the memory. Both are hard to tangibly grasp. Both can seem restrictive. Neither is guaranteed. Both also offer a boatload of opportunity. Time and memory are two...

Back to School: Why We Do What We Do

Back to School: Why We Do What We Do

By Sister Mary Louise, O.C.D. Back to school. Usually that phrase brings to mind a set of familiar routines and predictable procedures. For much of America and even the world, that is not the case this year. Whether you are heading back to in-person or distance...