What is the Carmelite Charism? (Pt. 2)

What is the Carmelite Charism? (Pt. 2)

This is the second part of Sister Mary Colombiere’s article on charism.  Part One focused on charisms in general while this portion is about the Carmelite charism in particular.  Click here to read Part One.Every religious community is unique because it lives...
Come Face to Face With God

Come Face to Face With God

Sister Regina Marie Gorman, O.C.D.Vicar GeneralCarmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles Commencement Address to the Class of 2015St. Thomas Aquinas CollegePrepared text  |  May 16, 2015When I received the letter from Dr. McLean inviting me to...
What is a Charism? (Pt. 1)

What is a Charism? (Pt. 1)

The mere title itself begs a definition but that definition is dependent on the context in which the word is used. Most persons, if at a loss for an exact definition, would perhaps at least associate the word with charisma or charismatic. But each of these words has...
Lift High the Cross

Lift High the Cross

It was late summer in California. The skies were a limpid blue. A balmy ocean breeze blew across the sand. Children were building sandcastles. Windsurfers cut like knives across the Pacific shoreline with windblown hair. And fifteen Carmelite Sisters began walking...
Crossing the Threshold of Holy Week…

Crossing the Threshold of Holy Week…

It caught me by surprise that the Carmelite Sisters keep a complete and prayerful silence during the Holy Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, not speaking until the conclusion of the evening Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. I remember when I...
Can a Lay Person Be a Carmelite?

Can a Lay Person Be a Carmelite?

Question: Can a layperson be a Carmelite, or is it only for those who are called to be priests, nuns, and sisters?Among the many graces Our Lord bestows, some begin as a little seed planted in the depths of the soul. In due time, that seed blossoms into a pull toward...