The Gift of Our Mothers

As we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day, our sisters share their remembrances of what their own mother’s taught them. We’d like to share their blessings with...

#ClapBecauseWeCare

Heroism is all around us. We see and experience it every day. It becomes more evident during times of great challenge. At this time, we THANK in a very special way, ALL our first responders, including our own sisters who serve in healthcare. We applaud you. We are...
‘Tis the Season for Advent

‘Tis the Season for Advent

Dear Friends,Praised be Jesus Christ! We’d like to provide some practical tips on celebrating the profound spirit of Advent, which begins on Sunday, December 1st through December 24th. These are grace-filled days that prepare the heart for the coming of our Lord...
I Can Only Imagine

I Can Only Imagine

By: Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. “Surrounded by your glory, what will my heart feel? … I can only imagine when all I would do Is forever, forever worship You …” (Bart Millard) The greatest consolation when a loved one, or we ourselves, encounter or approach...
Preparing for Death

Preparing for Death

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. To the modern mind, the practice of preparing for death that Saints, monks, and religious through the history of the Church have followed, seems, well, morbid! Here are some practical tips that may just change your mind. Stephen Covey...
Mystery of Death

Mystery of Death

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. We are coming to the end of our journey together in this ‘Year of the Family’. Our theme is: It ends with love. In this part of our journey we encounter that most mysterious moment, death. In one sense it is a journey we...
Faithful to the End

Faithful to the End

By: Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. St. Therese once said: “This world is our ship, not our home.” In the Church’s year, November is dedicated specially to pray for the dead and reflect upon our own death: reflecting upon the letter to the Hebrews: “All these died in faith,...
Years of Wisdom, Years of Grace

Years of Wisdom, Years of Grace

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. As we celebrate this ‘Year of the Family’, we come to those most important years where we learn wisdom from experience. Our approach to life suddenly takes on a new viewpoint. As we peer through the “rear view mirror” of...
Challenges of the golden years

Challenges of the golden years

By: Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. So many people looking forward to retirement find that health and other circumstances can turn the anticipated ‘golden years’ to new challenges. Mother Luisita, who suffered many physical and spiritual trials throughout her entire adult...
Vocation | Sr. Gianna

Vocation | Sr. Gianna

We wish to offer you some reflections from the sisters making their final profession in 2019, as well as the beautiful stories from their parents. Sister Gianna will make her Final Profession in July, 2019. Reflections from Sr. Gianna Full of Joy I recently had the...
Aging Gracefully

Aging Gracefully

By: Sister Maria Olga, O.C.D.Let us welcome aging as a gift from God showing us the many years of being loved and cared for by Him.  Even though our bodies and mind begin to slow down, we know that our hearts can continue to grow in youthfulness and wisdom by the life...
The Gift of Presence

The Gift of Presence

By: Sister Elizabeth Therese, O.C.D. A chaplain we once had used to say, “People will not remember what you said or did, but they will remember how you made them feel.” We do not know the actual words of Mary’s greeting when she arrived at the home of Zechariah and...
When Prayer is Difficult

When Prayer is Difficult

By: Sister Meredith, O.C.D. Perseverance in prayer can be a challenge, even for many well-intentioned, faithful Christians. Just as life has its ups and downs, so does our prayer life and God can take a soul into a certain darkness where joys and consolations turn...
Middle of the Road of Life

Middle of the Road of Life

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. Well, we made it! All you fellow mid-lifers now over the hill and through the glen we have journeyed through life. The children are older, the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), is a regular companion, and the famous...
Peace of Soul

Peace of Soul

By: Sister Mary Louise, O.C.D. It happens to all of us, Carmelites included. The day’s schedule looms larger and longer than a twenty-four hour period can hold, frustrations and failures from yesterday weigh heavy on us, and on the horizon, tomorrow seems to be...
Spiritual Motherhood

Spiritual Motherhood

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. Spiritual Motherhood – Can You Answer My Question? Not long ago, I typed “spiritual motherhood” into the search bar of my computer. It is such an intriguing concept, being a spiritual mother. It has an aura of mystery, it seems to me....
Vocation | Sr. Teresa Margaret

Vocation | Sr. Teresa Margaret

We wish to offer you some reflections from the sisters making their final profession in 2019, as well as the beautiful stories from their parents. Sister Teresa Margaret will make her Final Profession in July, 2019. Reflections of Sr. Teresa Margaret Sister Teresa...
Like a Bridge over Troubled Waters

Like a Bridge over Troubled Waters

By: Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. “Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down” (Simon and Garfunkel) Through our adult years, the peaks and valleys of life become more pronounced and often we can feel ‘adrift’ and helpless much like our Mother Luisita, whose...
Our Carmelite Story

Our Carmelite Story

By Terry and Tom Marinkovich Our Carmelite Story begins with an invitation to a Carmelite Concert hosted by some dear friends. We had conflicting invitations for that evening (both being very special invitations) but we chose to attend the Sisters’ concert. Praise the...
Vocation | Sr. Maria Goretti

Vocation | Sr. Maria Goretti

We wish to offer you some reflections from the sisters making their final profession in 2019, as well as the beautiful stories from their parents. Sister Maria Goretti will make her Final Profession on July ,2019 Reflections from Sister Maria Goretti To be the...
Thriving in Marriage

Thriving in Marriage

By Sister Carmelina, O.C.D. “It’s time for us to more than just survive; we were made to thrive.” (Casting Crowns) In the Sacrament of Matrimony, God calls the spouses to foster holiness and fulfillment for one another. This is the purpose of the Sacramental grace of...
Thriving not just Surviving

Thriving not just Surviving

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. The month of April in our theme of “Family, Created for Love” brings us to the time of adulthood. We have moved from the miracle of birth to the new beginnings of infants and from the wonder of toddlers through the struggles of...
Learning to know the Real Presence

Learning to know the Real Presence

By Dr. Elizabeth Duenas Our children were blessed to have received a Catholic education imbued with Carmelite spirituality. One of the most memorable moments was when our eldest daughter was in first grade at a school administered by the Carmelite Sisters of the Most...
Vocation | Sr. Marie Andre

Vocation | Sr. Marie Andre

Vocation stems from the Latin term “vocationem”, which literally means “a calling”. We wish to offer you some reflections from the sisters making their final profession in 2019, as well as the beautiful stories from their parents. Sister Marie Andre made this...
True Freedom

True Freedom

By Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. In this year as we celebrate family, we now move to that difficult time of life known as adolescence. We also look at the tenth promise of the Sacred Heart which gives to priests, who practice the devotion, the power to touch the most...