Mother Luisita’s Letter on Experiencing God’s Peace

My beloved child, May the peace of God dwell within your soul! How have you been, my child? It should always be easy to write to a mother. It is done spontaneously, understanding that everything will be well-received by a mother because the child empties his/her soul...
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...
Behold Your Handmaid

Behold Your Handmaid

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord.” These words hold within them a depth of mystery one can hardly fathom. We all know that any celebration of Mary is first and foremost a celebration of her Son, Jesus. The feast of the Annunciation is...
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...
Practical Tips on Silence

Practical Tips on Silence

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “Silence is golden, golden…” The lyrics of the popular song by the Four Seasons may not have had silence or solitude in mind but the small phase is still true. Silence is not just an absence of words, it is a preparation to open one’s...
The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. Many of us are familiar with the classic film, The Quiet Man. John Wayne’s character evoked an inner strength and steady sureness that quickly appealed to the audience. These same qualities are seen in the greatest of quiet souls,...
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...
All Things Green

All Things Green

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. Every year on March 17 the world suddenly becomes – you’re right – Irish! The feast of Saint Patrick, the Parton Saint of Ireland, crosses all religious, ethnic and even age groups to join people together in celebration. In a real...
Sounding Solitude and Silent Music

Sounding Solitude and Silent Music

By: Sister Mary Colombiere, O.C.D.    My Beloved is the mountains …The tranquil nightAt the approaches of the dawn,The silent music,The murmuring solitude,The supper which revives, and enkindles love. (Spiritual Canticle – Stanza XIV; XV)   The poetry of...
Hidden Virtues Hidden Saints

Hidden Virtues Hidden Saints

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. This year the first day of spring falls on March 19, 2020.  St. Joseph’s Day!  Spring brings a certain stillness to the earth. A waiting. A time of hushed expectancy. Seeds are planted and their growth is a quiet one – a hidden growth...
Practical Tips for Spiritual Motherhood

Practical Tips for Spiritual Motherhood

By: Sister Jeannine Marie “Every woman in the world was made to be a mother either physically or spiritually” (Fulton Sheen). We often do not think of this gift – yes, gift of spiritual motherhood. Here are some practical tips for women to live out their...
Does God Smile?

Does God Smile?

By: Sister Mary Colombiere, O.C.D. Does God smile? Have you ever seen a little child look up to its mother and smile? Such a scene captures the relationship between mother and child – the expression of motherhood. Mother Teresa of Calcutta once remarked, “Every time...
What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

By: Sister Mary Scholastica A handful of times in my life, I KNEW with deep conviction that certain things would come to pass.  I can’t explain it.  I just knew.  My vocation to the Carmelite Sisters was one of these “Aha!” God-moments.  I knew in an instant I had a...
A Reflection on Spiritual Motherhood

A Reflection on Spiritual Motherhood

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D.  “Spiritual motherhood, what in the world is that?” Spiritual motherhood is a topic that more people are becoming aware of within the Catholic Church. Around the United States, retreats and conferences include this subject and new...
Practical Tips for Living in the Presence of God

Practical Tips for Living in the Presence of God

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. Living in the Presence of God can be a daunting task in this busy hectic world we live in. The top of the ocean may be swarming with rough and crashing waves but if we go a little deeper we will find the tranquil calm. It is similar...
Follow Your Star

Follow Your Star

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. “Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Our light has come,the glory of the Lord shines upon you.” Isaiah 10:1 Today the Church celebrates the great feast of the Epiphany, our God manifesting Himself to the world. Is this important? Well, we...
In God’s Presence

In God’s Presence

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. Each culture has its treasure trove of beloved saints and well-loved prayers. And, being of Irish descent myself, allow me to ring in the New Year of 2020 with a traditional, Irish prayer. I think you may have already heard it, perhaps...
Sister’s Secret Formula

Sister’s Secret Formula

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. JOY is a special word.  It’s not quite the same as happiness. Definitely not the same as pleasure. There is something profoundly deep hidden within the word “joy”. I wonder why, and I also wonder if other people have felt this subtle...
Joy: The Fruit of Charity

Joy: The Fruit of Charity

By: Sister Mary Colombiere As the earth lay sleeping in the chilly throes of death, a light breaks forth and in the silence of that night, the Word leapt down from heaven Thus opens the season of Advent preparing us for the revelation of God-with-us, which will become...
Desire of the Everlasting Hills

Desire of the Everlasting Hills

By Sister Mary Colombière, O.C.D. “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”2 Timothy 3:12 “The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church.”Tertullian These first verses may not sound very inviting, but do not stop reading!...
Who? Me?

Who? Me?

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. So you ask me outright: “What are you willing to die for?” Well, that’s one question I’ve never been asked before! This will take some thought before I can answer. Do you mean to die for as in DIE? Die for something like a person or a...
Do You Wanna Play?

Do You Wanna Play?

By: Sister Mary Colombiere, O.C.D. How often as a child did you hear the words, “Do you wanna play?” One of childhood’s favorite games was ‘Hide and Seek’. Which did you prefer? To be the one to hide and look for a place that you thought would not be discovered? Or to...
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s M’ Brother

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s M’ Brother

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. Sacrifice is defined as something that you give up, or as a loss, usually for the sake of a better cause. The word sacrifice originally had a religious meaning, coming from the Latin sacra and facere meaning “to perform sacred...
Practical Tips on Prayer

Practical Tips on Prayer

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D.St. Paul exhorts us to: “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18).Whoa, you mean me? In this busy fast-paced world? Prayer...