O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Every advent, we sing O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Take some time to reflect upon the words as you sing it this Advent as a prayer flowing out from your own heart. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. And ransom captive Israel. That mourns in lonely exile here. Until the Son of God...
Christmas Eve Reflection from Sister Regina Marie

Christmas Eve Reflection from Sister Regina Marie

Just hours before we approach the Crib, God speaks to us a liberating word. God needs my YES – AND — if it is not yet a perfect YES, I am not disqualified. The Archangel Gabriel didn’t get as faith-filled reception from Zechariah as he did from Mary. Zechariah...
Contemplating the Christmas Triptych

Contemplating the Christmas Triptych

“Jesus, Who is born tonight, is born thrice. He is born of the Blessed Virgin, in the stable of Bethlehem; he is born by grace, in the hearts of the shepherds, who are the first fruits of the Christian Church; and He is born from all eternity in the bosom of the...
Posadas Reflection

Posadas Reflection

During the second week in December, it is always the time to bring out the boxes in which the statues of St. Joseph, Our Lady, and the traditional donkey are readied for their appearance in our annual Las Posadas. Various  areas are prepared to receive these...
Advent: Mercy Rushes In

Advent: Mercy Rushes In

We Sisters have just recorded a new album, “Mercy Rushes In.” With the Year of Mercy ending on November 20th, we wanted to capture its essence in a way that we could go back to over and over again! And that is something like Advent. Advent is a way to...
Advent: Gratitude is Linked to Faith

Advent: Gratitude is Linked to Faith

Advent is a time of stillness – a time of reflection. We need this quiet to enter within ourselves and discover anew each year the miracle of Christmas. Advent is, of course, the preparation for the coming of Christ. Not only in history, but into our hearts....
Advent

Advent: A Glimpse of Eternity

The hum-drum of daily life can sometimes become more and more, shall we say, monotonous? Most of us have the same daily tasks and for the most part we do them in just about the same way each day, don’t we? The seasons of the church year help us rise above the...
An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

If you hear the word ADVENT what is the first image that comes to your mind? Candles? Wreath? Liturgy. Purple. the hymn “O come Emmanue?” These are some answers people have given over the years. What is yours? Mine is NEW YEAR’S resolution because...
ADVENT

ADVENT

By: Sister Mary IgnatiusThe Advent liturgy is a journey which recalls  the thousands of years between God’s promise made in Eden and its fulfillment in Bethlehem with the birth of the Messiah.  T.S.Elliott calls this Fulfillment “The still point of the turning world,”...
Christmas Novena

Christmas Novena

With this CD, we wish to share with you our cherished Advent tradition – the Christmas Novena of Las Posadas, meaning “the Inns,” originated in Spain, and became a highly-anticipated religious celebration in Mexico. Our Foundress, Venerable Mother...
Las Posadas

Las Posadas

By: Sister Antonia TeresaDuring the special time of Advent, Catholics around the world may participate in the Hispanic tradition known as “Las Posadas”. This devotion re-enacts the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem for the birth of the Christ child....
Advent: The Reason for the Season

Advent: The Reason for the Season

“For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Fall:  Winter, Spring, Summer The cycles of nature coincide with the cycles of life. Those of you living today have relived these cycles countless times. We are presently...
Why Does the Church Year Begin With Advent?

Why Does the Church Year Begin With Advent?

Why does the Church year begin with Advent? The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ and each of her members are indeed parts of His Body. Each year the Church recalls those sacred events leading to and resulting from the Incarnation – that moment when the Word...
Watching and Waiting — Advent in Carmel

Watching and Waiting — Advent in Carmel

Originally Written For: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2015/12/carmelite-sisters-watching-waiting-advent-in-carmel/ Advent in Carmel To experience Advent in Carmel is to enter into a rarified atmosphere that is filled to the brim with Carmel’s living legacy of...