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...
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...
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...
Children Are Our Favorite Things

Children Are Our Favorite Things

By Sister Carmelina After getting in trouble for something, a little boy said, “I’m only 5—I don’t know all the rules yet!” Parents have many enjoyable moments in raising their children, especially when the child comes up with those cute comments that take us by...
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...
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...
Unexpected Journey

Unexpected Journey

By Eileen Smith It was March 2011. My grandmother had lived a long, beautiful, and full life raising four children. She was additionally blessed with being able to see her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow as she was facing the end of her life. In the 1920s,...
Image Worth a 1000 Views

Image Worth a 1000 Views

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “I will bless every place in which an image of my Heart is exposed and honored.” Ninth Promise of the Sacred Heart of Jesus In our “selfie” society of social media, image is everything. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—everywhere we look...
Blessed Titus Brandsma

Blessed Titus Brandsma

By: Sister Meredith, O.C.D. On this feast day of Blessed Titus Brandsma, Dutch Carmelite priest and martyr of the Holocaust, we would like to highlight God’s steadfast love and fidelity. God gave Blessed Titus the grace and strength to perform heroic acts of suffering...
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...
A Reflection by Sr Luisa Grace

A Reflection by Sr Luisa Grace

By: Sister Luisa Grace of the Most Blessed Sacrament, O.C.D. When I reflect on receiving our religious name, I cannot help but think about who named me. The name reflects a cry from the very heart of the Heavenly Father, filled with His Spirit, to lead me and those I...
Learning the Lesson Leisure

Learning the Lesson Leisure

By: Sister Marie Estelle As a child, looking out the back window of our mini-van, I could see the fields of corn stretching out along either side of I-29 for miles. This could mean only two things: summer and camping! My sisters and I loved the camping adventures that...
O Sweet Heart of Mary, I Love You!

O Sweet Heart of Mary, I Love You!

By Sister Isabelle, O.C.D. Does God ever lead you by questions? He does me. In fact, this happened to me just the other day. I had a question in my mind and after bringing it trustingly to the Lord in prayer for several months, He showed me something new. I had been...
The Luxury of Leisure: A Bit of Southern Wisdom

The Luxury of Leisure: A Bit of Southern Wisdom

Sister Maria Goretti   As the ice-cold beads of water drip down the side of my glass, I grasp it, feeling the wet, refreshing condensation which readily pours from sweet Southern iced tea in the summer. On a hot Louisiana day in August, I couldn’t think of anything...
Stop and Smell the Mystical Rose

Stop and Smell the Mystical Rose

By: Sister Shawn Pauline As a freshman in college the last thing on my mind was the total consecration to Mary. A convincing and caring “R.A.”(Resident Adviser) who lived down the hall approached me about this wonderful way to give myself completely to Jesus, through...
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...