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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Our Spiritual First Responders

Our Spiritual First Responders

There are no words to adequately express the depth of appreciation in our hearts for our priests – “Alter Christus.” To be another Christ is “to lay down your life for your friends” – a total gift of selfless love in serving the flock of...
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...
Brave Enough to Praise

Brave Enough to Praise

Have you ever been in awe of how St. Paul and the early Christians could be singing songs of praise from prison (Acts 16:5)? Or how Daniel, after hearing that he was not to worship His God on pain of death, went to his home and facing Jerusalem, “…prayed, giving...
Bless Our Priests, O Lord!

Bless Our Priests, O Lord!

ALHAMBRA, CALIFORNIAWe have had the blessing of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass being celebrated at our Motherhouse. What a gift! What an interesting experience this has been. During one of our homilies by Father Donald Kinney, O.C.D., it was noted that this time may...
Rejoice in Hope

Rejoice in Hope

By Sister Isabelle, O.C.D. This morning I found myself turning to St. Paul for consolation during these very challenging times. In his letter to the Romans, Paul encourages us saying: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” He even goes so...
Lessons from a Mother’s Heart

Lessons from a Mother’s Heart

By Sr. Jeannine Marie This Lent we are all facing more than the normal challenges of the season. Our everyday routine and the world as a whole seems to have come to a sudden stop. Naturally, this results in feelings of fear, confusion, and helplessness. Mother Luisita...
Living in the Presence of God

Living in the Presence of God

By: Sister Mary Colombiere Have you ever experienced conflicting emotions or feelings within yourself? Did they seem to embody such opposites that you wondered how they could co-exist in the same body? Well, you’re not alone! Throughout his long life, Simeon knew this...
‘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...
Through the Open Door

Through the Open Door

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. In this Year of the Family, we have traveled through all the stages of life. We now approach what many believe to be – The End. This may work on movie screens, but deep within each human being, there is an unspoken certainty that this...
The Tiny Spark

The Tiny Spark

Excerpts taken from To Love Me In Truth and Early Chronicles. Father Leroy Callahan knew of Mother Luisita’s hope for a retreat house, and like Mother Margarita Maria, he never forgot it. Once the congregation became established in the diocese and after the passing of...
God Speaks to Us

God Speaks to Us

By: Sister Mary Louise, O.C.D. It really is amazing the ways God will choose to speak to us. Sometimes it is in a church. Often it is through a book we read. Other times He uses a conversation with a friend. Oddly enough, this morning He spoke to me on a treadmill....
Is the Mass an Epic?

Is the Mass an Epic?

By Sister Mary Louise, O.C.D. It started out like any other sixth grade Social Studies class. Studying ancient civilization, I was introducing my students to the epic of Beowulf and the legendary exploits of Gilgamesh. I touched briefly on what I expected them to...