Carmelite Musings | You are Good

Carmelite Musings | You are Good

By Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. Individually, we’re each going through our own life journey…whatever that looks like. Interpersonal struggles. Struggles with the past. Struggles within the family. Struggles at work. Struggles to pray. Struggles to let down our...
Carmelite Musings | A Truly Random Carmelite Musing

Carmelite Musings | A Truly Random Carmelite Musing

By Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. Praised be Jesus Christ!  Greetings to Alanna (you know who you are) to Rose (you know who you are) and to Sylvie (if you don’t know who you are, you’re in trouble). 🙂  It’s nice to know that someone is actually reading these...
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...
In Thanksgiving

In Thanksgiving

by Fr. Donald Kinney, O.C.D. This February 2, 2021 is a milestone anniversary for the Carmelite Sisters. One hundred years ago in Mexico, Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament and her Sisters became officially affiliated with the Order of Discalced...
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...
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...
Introducing Venerable Mother Luisita

National Catholic Register Mother Luisita

By: Sister Immaculata, OCD Assigning certain patronages to a particular saint is a long-established Catholic tradition, and is usually assigned because of a certain connection to an occupation, status or state of life, country or affiliation that a saint had.  For...
Carmelite Sisters Featured on NBC4

Carmelite Sisters Featured on NBC4

Millennial Nuns Fuel Their Faith in Los Angeles The Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles have been actively serving their flock for 90 years By John Cádiz Klemack Bucking the trend, some millennials are seeking a nun’s life, and an Order in...
10 Reasons to Go On Retreat

10 Reasons to Go On Retreat

Dear Sister, Can you answer a question for me?  Why do people need or even want to make a retreat? I’ve never understood that, given the wonderful options I have right here at home through my parish, and, of course, the vast array of media opportunities we...
Moments of Grace on the Patrick Madrid Show!

Moments of Grace on the Patrick Madrid Show!

Our friend, Patrick Madrid, hosts a popular radio show called the “Patrick Madrid Show” Monday through Friday (6:00 am – 9:00 am Pacific), produced by Immaculate Heart Radio. Recently on his radio show, he read one of the stories by Sister Timothy Marie from our book...
Preparing for School – Through the Eyes of a Teacher

Preparing for School – Through the Eyes of a Teacher

By Sister Immaculata It’s that time again! Summer is rolling to a close and the date of the first day of school is clearly marked on our calendars. Children may feel a mixture of excitement and dread, but what is going on in the mind of a teacher? Venerable...
Nothing is Impossible

Nothing is Impossible

Through prayer, joyful witness and loving service, The Carmelite Sisters are able to promote a deeper spiritual life among God’s people. The Carmelite Sisters have gathered footage from their many apostolic service locations and put together this wonderful video which...
Carmelite Sisters Bring Dignity

Carmelite Sisters Bring Dignity

By: Clara Fox Excerpt from Angelus The Tidings OnlineTom Wilson was self-sufficient well into his late 80s, until an allergic reaction to prescribed medications left him in need of an assisted living facility. He initially was moved into a secular, for-profit...
“Wait!”

“Wait!”

An excerpt from Moments of Grace…”Wait!” by Sister Marie-AimeeDuring her first year of profession, one of our sisters spent three months teaching 8th grade religion at one of our elementary schools. Delighted with the junior high students’ ability to...
Are You a Real Nun?

Are You a Real Nun?

An excerpt from Moments of Grace…”Are You a Real Nun?” by Sister Timothy MarieOur purchases were rung up easily enough. I wrote in the amount on our check and gave it to the sales clerk. That’s when it all began. “But we don’t accept two-signature...
The Meaning of Memorial Day

The Meaning of Memorial Day

Many people are very free with their opinions about war, about whether or not we should fight this war or that, about where and how the military should be deployed or brought home.  In some countries, freely expressing these opinions could land you in jail or worse....