Carmelite Musings | Special People

Carmelite Musings | Special People

By Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. What makes someone special?  Do you see yourself as a special person?  Would you look at your parents and siblings and think they are special people?  Your neighbors down the street?  Your friends from school, your co-workers?  The...
Carmelite Musings | Hiking Life: Attaining the Summit

Carmelite Musings | Hiking Life: Attaining the Summit

By 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 fresh air, my...
Carmelite Musings | Self-Knowledge

Carmelite Musings | Self-Knowledge

By Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. It is likely that many of us think we know ourselves pretty well. And why not? We live in our own skins, don’t we? We know our likes and dislikes, we value our own thoughts, opinions and insights, we like the way we see the world and...
Carmelite Musings | Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

Carmelite Musings | Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

By Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. This reflection comes from someone who is not naturally a super optimistic person. Meaning, I tend to see the glass half empty – so when it becomes even emptier, I’m not disappointed. On the other hand, when the glass gets full, my...
Carmelite Musings | Grace-Filled Maturity

Carmelite Musings | Grace-Filled Maturity

By Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. Age.  One of my favorite topics.  I’m actually teased endlessly in the convent because of this.  Let me tell you why.  As I grow older (whatever that means) I find it fascinating.  People never look their age to me and if I were to...
Carmelite Musings | Proper Perspective

Carmelite Musings | Proper Perspective

By Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. This probably happens to everyone, especially as one grows older, but I find myself regularly marveling at how quickly time passes.  And somehow in living each day however we choose to live it, it’s forming us, shaping us into the...
A Reflection on Mary, Mother of the Church

A Reflection on Mary, Mother of the Church

By: Sister Laetitia Therese, O.C.D. The Monday after Pentecost, the Church celebrates the memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church.  Instituted by Pope Francis in 2019, it seems very fitting for our times.  The state of affairs in our world, our country, our Church, our...
Near to Us

Near to Us

By: Sister Anita Mary, O.C.D. Some years ago, we had the privilege of having Bishop Robert Barron at our Motherhouse on the vigil of the Feast of the Assumption. At Mass, he began his homily by describing how Christians tend to think of the feasts of the Assumption...
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

by Sr Teresa Christine, O.C.D. “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” –C.S. Lewis Our world is in pain. Over the past year, we’ve watched illness, social isolation, economic...
In Thanksgiving

In Thanksgiving

by Fr. Donald Kinney, O.C.D. 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...
Celebrating Catholic Schools Week | Home Away from Home

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week | Home Away from Home

By: Sister Mary Louise, OCD I recently received a note from a student that made me chuckle and then brought tears of gratitude to my eyes. A certain 14-year-old wrote, “Sister, I know I can be immature and disruptive in class. If it seems like I am acting as if...

Walking with Grace into 2021

We are counting our blessings as we close out 2020.  Regardless of circumstances, we always have the choice to count our blessings, to be grateful.  It’s a life perspective that starts to then shift how we receive and give to others.  This is not about positive...

Blessings

Blessings by Carmelite Sisters | Mercy Rushes In https://carmelitesistersocd.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BLESSINGS.wav We invite you to listen to our rendition of Blessings, from our CD, Mercy Rushes In. Singing is praying twice and as close out 2020, let us count...
Beginning the New Year

Beginning the New Year

“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it.” John 1:9 Many of our sisters love to hike in the San Gabriel Mountains and there is one particular hike that we take in the summer or early fall which spans the entire day.  One year we took...
Need a Savior

Need a Savior

by Sister Meredith, O.C.D. About ten years ago during Advent, I heard this hymn for the first time, “Rorate Caeli”, and although I had no clue about its meaning, something stirred within me. I felt all my emotions move with the somber, yet hopeful chant as the notes...
Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

By Sister Laetitia Therese, O.C.D. It was December 12. I had recently become absolutely convinced that Our Lord was calling me to religious life, but as I drove to school that morning, I prayed about my family. What was going to happen to them? Didn’t they need me...
My Heaven is You, My God and You are in my Soul

My Heaven is You, My God and You are in my Soul

By Sister Meredith, O.C.D. “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force.”  Before I came to faith in Jesus Christ, it seemed on the surface, I had it all together.  I had a promising...

Be the Light

BE THE LIGHT that shines out brightly bringing and reflecting God’s love to others. How needed it is in our world today. Lord, Jesus, we love You, we trust in You, be our...
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...
A Sign of Contradiction

A Sign of Contradiction

by Sister Isabelle, O.C.D. Lift high the Cross!!! There we can see what it looks like to love even unto death. There we can see what God is to the core – PURE LOVE. As we watch the firefighters work day and night to save our lives, we can see His love incarnate once...
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...
First Disciple

First Disciple

By: Sister Mary Colombiere The devotion of the Brown Scapular originates in the history of Our Lady of Mount Carmel when Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock in the 1200s presenting to him the scapular and promised: “This is a privilege for you and your...