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...