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...
If You But Knew the Gift of God

If You But Knew the Gift of God

Sister Mary Colombière, O.C.D.How do you get to know someone better?When my Dad first became interested in my Mom, he learned where she lived and then went to her home hoping to visit with her. However, my grandmother was not too keen on his attempt to get closer to...
I Want to See God!!!

I Want to See God!!!

By: Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. Saint Teresa of Avila’s personality exuded passion and vibrancy. Shaker and mover.  Trailblazer. Leader. Motivator. Her life personifies those fiery words first uttered by the prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel:  “With zeal have I been...
Tips for the Final Journey

Tips for the Final Journey

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D.Life is a journey. We were not conscious of our beginning but we can prepare for the Grand Finale! Here are a few tips to take along the way.This final journey of life is one we take alone, yet God gives us the opportunity to accompany...
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...
Through the Open Door

Through the Open Door

By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D. In this Year of the Family, we have traveled through all the stages of life. We now approach what many believe to be – The End. This may work on movie screens, but deep within each human being, there is an unspoken certainty that this...
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...
God Speaks to Us

God Speaks to Us

By: Sister Mary Louise, O.C.D. It really is amazing the ways God will choose to speak to us. Sometimes it is in a church. Often it is through a book we read. Other times He uses a conversation with a friend. Oddly enough, this morning He spoke to me on a treadmill....
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...
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...
We Remember | Memorial Day

We Remember | Memorial Day

By: Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. To remember is a powerful thing. It transports us back to past experiences; it connects us relationally with others; and it provides context to current situations. Remembering is deeply tied to who we are. That’s why memory loss is...
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....
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...
Fatima Prayers

Fatima Prayers

The Fatima Prayers Three shepherd children, Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto received visions from heaven in 1916 and 1917 at the Cova da Iria near the town of Fatima in Portugal. In 1916, as if in preparation for the Visits of Our Lady,...
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...
Is the Mass an Epic?

Is the Mass an Epic?

By Sister Mary Louise, O.C.D. It started out like any other sixth grade Social Studies class. Studying ancient civilization, I was introducing my students to the epic of Beowulf and the legendary exploits of Gilgamesh. I touched briefly on what I expected them to...
Little Peter | Victim Soul

Little Peter | Victim Soul

By Sister Mary Joanne, O.C.D. Young Peter can box with the best, fish as well as his namesake and plays long and hard like any other little boy. But Peter also loves his family and Jesus very much. Peter D’Airelle (7), his brother Jack, (9), and sister, Odette, (5)...
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...