True Freedom

True Freedom

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. In this year as we celebrate family, we now move to that difficult time of life known as adolescence. We also look at the tenth promise of the Sacred Heart which gives to priests, who practice the devotion, the power to touch the most...
Spiritual tips for Toddlers

Spiritual tips for Toddlers

By Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. Parenting toddlers and little ones can be daunting! There are so many things you are advised to keep in mind as you guide your growing child. Everything from self-esteem, discipline, manners, etc. For a Christian parent, however, there is...
A World of Wonder

A World of Wonder

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “Sinners will find in My Heart an infinite ocean of mercy.” Sixth Promise of the Sacred Heart “And I think to myself what a wonderful world…” These are words from February’s theme song, What a Wonderful...
Practical Tips | Getting to Know Jesus

Practical Tips | Getting to Know Jesus

By Carmelite SistersLife is full of new beginnings. This begins in the family by getting to know all the ins and outs of daily life. Our spiritual life has new beginnings as well. Each day we grow more and more in our knowledge and love of God. Here are some practical...
The Family Created for Love

The Family Created for Love

By Marianne Doi My introduction to the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles began back in 1960, and actually had a few interludes before taking root in 2011: My mother, Agnes Miyeko Doi, was born and reared in San Francisco, CA. Her Issei, or...
Getting to know you: successful marriage

Getting to know you: successful marriage

By Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. “Getting to know you; getting to know all about you.” This is the story of every marriage (especially in the first years), and Mother Luisita had this amazing experience when, at the age of 15, she was married to Dr. Pascual...
New Beginnings

New Beginnings

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “I will shed abundant blessing on all their undertakings.” The lyrics to our song this month: “Getting to know you,” say, That if you become a teacher by your pupils you’ll be taught. Isn’t this true...
It’s Christmas for all of the children

It’s Christmas for all of the children

Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. In this year when we celebrate the family, December highlights birth or new life. We recall the song Lo How a Rose E’re Blooming where we share with you the wonder of childhood and celebrate the child in each of us. Each new life is a...
Christmas Presence

Christmas Presence

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “I will comfort them in their trials.” Third Promise of the Sacred Heart December finds us focusing on the wonderful miracle of birth. Saint John reminds us, “When a woman is in travail she has sorrow because her hour...
Toddler Tyrant | Venerable Anne de Guigné

Toddler Tyrant | Venerable Anne de Guigné

By Sister Mary Joanne, O.C.D. She is incorrupt and has been declared Venerable, her life recognized as exemplifying heroic virtue. In 1911, Anne de Guigné came into this world, followed within four years by a brother, JoJo and two sisters, Lelaine and Marinette. Her...
Sisters Helping Sisters

Sisters Helping Sisters

By: Lydia, Cynthia & Frances A few years ago, a friend of our younger sister Cynthia suggested that she volunteer in the kitchen at the Sacred Heart Retreat House because she loves to bake so much. We three Vartanian sisters had all attended prior Fall Boutiques...
Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.” First Promise of the Sacred Heart November highlights the Sacred Heart’s gift of grace. What is grace? One definition is the “freely given,...
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...
Put your hand in the hand…

Put your hand in the hand…

Sister Mary Joanne, O.C.D. “Jesus called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt. 18:2-3). October brings to mind the Miracle of Fatima that...
God’s Grace | Wind Beneath Our Wings

God’s Grace | Wind Beneath Our Wings

By Sister Carmelina “I can fly higher than an eagle, for you are the wind beneath my wings.” The pain and disappointment of being childless can only be understood by those who have suffered this sadness. Mother Luisita is one who can relate to this sorrow since she...
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...
“Family Begins with Love”

“Family Begins with Love”

By: Sister Meredith & Sister Michelle, O.C.D. Each month, a reflection of Mother Maria Luisa Josefa’s life will be presented to offer our readers a glimpse into the life of our Venerable Foundress, lovingly called Mother Luisita. She was a woman of great virtue...
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...
The Family, Created for Love

The Family, Created for Love

By: Sister Meredith, O.C.D. We are born into this world as infants, entirely receptive and dependent on our parents to give us the love and nourishment we need. As we mature into adulthood, we are able to return what we first received unconditionally: love,...