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....
Zeal is Faith and Love in Action

Zeal is Faith and Love in Action

By Sister Meredith, OCD As a second year novice, I was sent to live with our elder sisters at the Casa Nazarena Convent, lovingly referred to as “Casa”. It’s the home for our sisters in need of assistance in their daily living due to age, sickness, or both. I recall...
A Personal Reflection on Easter

A Personal Reflection on Easter

by Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. Easter! What comes to mind An Easter egg hunt? Those darling bunny rabbits? Little chicks breaking out of eggs? “Spring” break? Chocolate!!!! What a sad commentary on our culture! As precious as those cute little chicks are, and how...
The Sacred Triduum

The Sacred Triduum

By: Sister Meredith, OCD The Sacred Easter Triduum, or three holy days before Easter, is the summit of the Liturgical Year from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. “Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding...
Make A Joyful Noise!

Make A Joyful Noise!

By: Sister Ines, OCD “That’s not a sandwich. It’s a mattress!” I can still see the twinkle in my mom’s eyes as she charmingly responded, “Solo es un colchoncito” – “It’s only a little mattress,” and calmly poured the remaining bit of coffee into her mug. As a mother...
The Deadline that Changed My Prayer Life

The Deadline that Changed My Prayer Life

By: Sister Timothy Marie, OCD Mornings are God’s masterpieces. A new day awakens, filled with potential. The night sky disappears into the heavens, while the sun slowly creeps up out of the distant horizon. Most of the time, I don’t see the sun rise. Dawn comes quite...
Patience – A Beautiful Fruit!

Patience – A Beautiful Fruit!

By: Sister Marie Estelle, OCD Patience. This simple word can evoke such a variety of responses! “It’s impossible to practice, I simply get so annoyed.” Take a moment and examine what our first thoughts are when you hear the word PATIENCE. Was it a negative thought?...
Bridges of Healing

Bridges of Healing

By: Sister Immaculata, OCD Read Part 1 Here! Read Part 2 Here! I believe that Jesus is counting heavily on us to treat others with His patience and kindness, especially in our families and in our work relationships. This is where we’ll be tempted the most. I think...
Virtue is Flowing

Virtue is Flowing

By: Sister Immaculata, OCD Read Part 1 Here! Picture the image of Divine Mercy with rays emanating from the Heart of Jesus. Just as light through a prism gives off a rainbow of colors, I like to imagine that the Mercy of Christ shining from His Heart breaks off into...
Introducing Venerable Mother Luisita

Introducing Venerable Mother Luisita

INTRODUCING VENERABLE MOTHER LUISITA The constellation of saints within the Carmelite family includes friars, nuns, secular Carmelites, and active Carmelite sisters. Mother Luisita, foundress of one of the early active religious communities, received the Decree of...
What’s Wrong With This Picture?

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

By: Sister Immaculata, OCD When I was in college, both attending classes and completing clinical requirements in various hospitals, I remember being a little confused by what I observed in certain people. I had an atheist professor, but couldn’t help notice how...
World Day for Consecrated Life

World Day for Consecrated Life

By: Sister Meredith, OCD February 2, 2018 In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd and also known as Candlemas Day; the...
Bearing One Another’s Burdens

Bearing One Another’s Burdens

By: Sister Timothy Marie, OCD, Sister Meredith, OCD and Marta Timar We hear the word “tolerance” a lot these days, but what exactly does it mean? It seems the word itself has been largely redefined to mean the opposite of what it used to mean. Today, the...
Celebrating Catholic Schools Week | I Do Believe in God

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week | I Do Believe in God

By: Sister Faustina, O.C.D. A number of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching 4th grade. I quickly discovered that 4th graders are absolutely beautiful because they are so open to all we try to teach them and it is quite easy to get them excited just about any...
I Witnessed a Miracle

I Witnessed a Miracle

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. Read along as Sr. Timothy Marie narrates her article, I Witnessed a Miracle Before the Miracle, I believed. Now I know. The following story is true. It happened to me. I will never, ever forget it. I had been a Carmelite Sister for...
Learning How to Forgive (Part 3)

Learning How to Forgive (Part 3)

By: Sister Carmelina, OCD “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, . . . forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put...
Learning How to Forgive (Part 2)

Learning How to Forgive (Part 2)

By: Sister Carmelina, OCD In part 1 of this blog, I reflected on the first steps to move from anger to forgiveness in the New Year. The secret is reaching a deep spirit of consent to the circumstances of my life which moves me to accept myself as well. Knowing that...
Learning How to Forgive (Part 1)

Learning How to Forgive (Part 1)

By: Sister Carmelina, OCD The new year, new hopes for the future, new ideas for a better me. Oh yes…. A better me…. Hhhmmm…. What does that mean? There are so many levels of me. Where do I start? Definitely my relationship with God should be the first area to...
Is Joy Possible?

Is Joy Possible?

By: Sister Marie Estelle, OCD Is Joy possible? Really possible? The deep-down, soul-filling kind? Can it be found even in the “ugly-beautiful” as one author has put it? As we move into the season, we’ll all be surrounded by Jingle Bells and lots of food. The sound of...
The Unlikely Canvas

The Unlikely Canvas

By: Sister Ines, OCD “How absurd to expect a painter to use such an inadequate material for a portrait.” These were the thoughts of the 18th century Mexican painter, Miguel Cabrera as he studied the image of our Lady of Guadalupe imprinted on a poor man’s tilma (a...
December by Candlelight

December by Candlelight

By: Sister Timothy Marie, OCD Every day we look forward to the gift of another dawn as the sun begins to peek through the curtain of the night to bring the vibrancy of color back to us yet again. It is a ritual of sorts, isn’t it? When the first blush of the dawn...
The Beginning of the Liturgical Year

The Beginning of the Liturgical Year

By: Sr Mara, OCD Happy New Year! Liturgical New Year, that is! That’s right! It is the beginning of the Church Year again, marked by the holy season of Advent, when, as a Church, we consciously and solemnly prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. This sacred...
Gratitude Starts with Humility

Gratitude Starts with Humility

By: Sr Antonia Teresa, OCD Gratitude is a beautiful quality.  It draws our attention to the purpose of our existence — God himself. Gratitude is the state of being really thankful for all that God has given us and having a real willingness to return the kindness...
St. Elizabeth of Hungary

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

By: Marta Timar Born in 1207, Elizabeth was the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary and Gertrude of Andechs-Meran.  At the age of four, Elizabeth was betrothed to Ludwig, the son of the Landgrave of Thuringia and taken to the Thuringian court in Wartburg, where she...