Carmelite Musings | Resistance

Carmelite Musings | Resistance

By Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. No one likes to be told what to do, when to do it, or how to do it.  When this happens, something inside of us puts up resistance, it’s almost like an instinctive reflex.  Even little ones seem to thrive on saying the word “no”! ...
Carmelite Musings | St. Therese

Carmelite Musings | St. Therese

By 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 saints belonged to...
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...