ADVENT

ADVENT

By: Sister Mary IgnatiusThe Advent liturgy is a journey which recalls  the thousands of years between God’s promise made in Eden and its fulfillment in Bethlehem with the birth of the Messiah.  T.S.Elliott calls this Fulfillment “The still point of the turning world,”...
Christmas Novena

Christmas Novena

With this CD, we wish to share with you our cherished Advent tradition – the Christmas Novena of Las Posadas, meaning “the Inns,” originated in Spain, and became a highly-anticipated religious celebration in Mexico. Our Foundress, Venerable Mother...
Las Posadas

Las Posadas

By: Sister Antonia TeresaDuring the special time of Advent, Catholics around the world may participate in the Hispanic tradition known as “Las Posadas”. This devotion re-enacts the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem for the birth of the Christ child....
Advent: The Reason for the Season

Advent: The Reason for the Season

“For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Fall:  Winter, Spring, Summer The cycles of nature coincide with the cycles of life. Those of you living today have relived these cycles countless times. We are presently...
Why Does the Church Year Begin With Advent?

Why Does the Church Year Begin With Advent?

Why does the Church year begin with Advent? The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ and each of her members are indeed parts of His Body. Each year the Church recalls those sacred events leading to and resulting from the Incarnation – that moment when the Word...
Watching and Waiting — Advent in Carmel

Watching and Waiting — Advent in Carmel

Originally Written For: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2015/12/carmelite-sisters-watching-waiting-advent-in-carmel/ Advent in Carmel To experience Advent in Carmel is to enter into a rarified atmosphere that is filled to the brim with Carmel’s living legacy of...
When the Sun Rises in the Morning Sky…the Final Hours of Advent

When the Sun Rises in the Morning Sky…the Final Hours of Advent

Our city endured another power outage not too long ago. I remember it quite well because it happened in the middle of the night. The next morning – remember, we wake up way before the dawn – it was amazing to find ourselves in total darkness. Of course, we had placed...
Las Posadas: Pray the Christmas Novena

Las Posadas: Pray the Christmas Novena

As you and your family enjoy your own customs and traditions surrounding your celebration of Advent and Christmas, we invite you to experience with us one of our cherished Advent traditions – our Christmas Novena of Las PosadasLas Posadas translated as “the inns...
Reclaiming Advent with Mary

Reclaiming Advent with Mary

Each year, as the final month of the year appears on the horizon, we begin to notice that something is different. Some people say it is the final drenching of color blown from our trees to the ground below which heralds the coming of a new season. Others talk about...
Advent…Allowing Christ to Rest in Us

Advent…Allowing Christ to Rest in Us

On the First Sunday in Advent, all over the world – in Los Angeles, in Rome, in Tibet – wherever Christians gather, in cathedrals and around kitchen tables, a single candle will be lit – the first candle of the Advent wreath. That single candle pierces the darkness....
More Than Tinsel and Trees | A Thought For Advent

More Than Tinsel and Trees | A Thought For Advent

I have come to believe that today more and more people are choosing to living in a bubble – a bubble of illusion. It is getting harder and harder to discover who a person really is. Because the world is so fast and complicated, our precious time is spent on instant,...
Waiting for the Christmas Miracle during Advent

Waiting for the Christmas Miracle during Advent

Originally Posted: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2013/12/carmeilte-sisters-advent-waiting-for-the-christmas-miracle/ by Sister Regina Marie, O.C.D., Vicar General Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles “There is in every human heart, be it...
Watching and Waiting

Watching and Waiting

Advent in CarmelTo experience Advent in Carmel is to enter into a rarified atmosphere that is filled to the brim with Carmel’s living legacy of Advent customs and observances. My first Advent in Carmel remains fresh in my memory today, still as vibrant and alive as...

An Advent Challenge

Living the Advent Season: Preparing for  Christmas As we prepare for Christmas I want to encourage all of us to really think about the gifts that we give. When is enough, enough? How many more “things” can we have  . . . and do they really make us happy?  I want to...