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 | 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...
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...

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...
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...
Plunge into the Merciful Heart of God

Plunge into the Merciful Heart of God

By Sister Isabelle, OCD Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in YOU! These are the last words that our religious family says together each night as we kneel before Jesus in the Tabernacle. Kneeling with Mary at the foot of the Cross, with our arms outstretched...
The Joy that Nothing Can Take Away

The Joy that Nothing Can Take Away

By Sr. Isabelle “You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy…Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” (John 16:20- 22)  Jesus is calling us to a deep level of courage as we walk with Him this...
His Absence Makes My Heart Grow Fonder

His Absence Makes My Heart Grow Fonder

Yesterday I was on the phone with one of our dear friends who is wholeheartedly devoted to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. She is experiencing great loss at being unable to even make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament during these days of quarantine. After we spoke, my...
‘Tis the Season for Advent

‘Tis the Season for Advent

Dear Friends,Praised be Jesus Christ! We’d like to provide some practical tips on celebrating the profound spirit of Advent, which begins on Sunday, December 1st through December 24th. These are grace-filled days that prepare the heart for the coming of our Lord...
Entrance into Aspirancy 2019

Entrance into Aspirancy 2019

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!” The Carmelite Sisters invite you to unite with us in celebrating the entrance into aspirancy of Maria Teresa. Every vocation is a mystery and Maria Teresa has just begun her journey of faith. Check back with us on October 1st...
If You But Knew the Gift of God

If You But Knew the Gift of God

Sister Mary Colombière, O.C.D.How do you get to know someone better?When my Dad first became interested in my Mom, he learned where she lived and then went to her home hoping to visit with her. However, my grandmother was not too keen on his attempt to get closer to...
I Want to See God!!!

I Want to See God!!!

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. Saint Teresa of Avila’s personality exuded passion and vibrancy. Shaker and mover.  Trailblazer. Leader. Motivator. Her life personifies those fiery words first uttered by the prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel:  “With zeal have I been...
A Family of Vocations

A Family of Vocations

As we celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, we are reminded of this year’s theme, “Family Created for Love.” We are privileged to have such a family right here in our Carmel! The seed of vocations start in the home and the divine Gardener found fertile soil in...
Practical Tips for Family: Words of Wisdom

Practical Tips for Family: Words of Wisdom

Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. Many of you, I am sure, have sat patiently and listened to the flight attendants give you all the safety tips before your flight. “Please adjust your own mask before helping other’s with theirs.” Family life is filled...
What’s in a song?

What’s in a song?

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “Fervent souls will rapidly grow in holiness and perfection.” Eighth Promise of the Sacred Heart In this month of October, we are highlighting the eighth promise of the Sacred Heart: “Fervent souls will rapidly grow in...
Practical Tips for Family: What the World Needs Now

Practical Tips for Family: What the World Needs Now

By: Sister Carmelina, OCD A loving family begins with a loving couple. So let’s start this month with a few practical ‘time honored’ tips for a strong marriage which is the foundation of a happy and holy family. These are some suggested questions for couples as you...
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...
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...
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...
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....