St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross

St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross

 There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.-Saint Thomas Aquinas Picture in your imagination a recreation room in a Carmelite monastery of nuns or in a Carmelite Friary! A young Carmelite nun spots a pair of castanets on a shelf,...
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...
Religious Are Reaching Out During the Year of Consecrated Life

Religious Are Reaching Out During the Year of Consecrated Life

Orders find ways to interact with laypeople to introduce them to the consecrated way of life By Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles were looking for 10,000 people to make a commitment to pray for...
Pray Always?

Pray Always?

By: Sister Mary Louise, O.C.D.”Seriously? Pray always?”That is not an uncommon reaction to St. Paul’s admonition to pray always without ceasing. Does he know what we’re up against, the demands on our time and energy, the pace of our modern world, not to...
The Heart of Lent in Carmel

The Heart of Lent in Carmel

By: Sister Marie-Aimee, O.C.D.When I was a freshman in college, long before I knew the Carmelites, I decided to give up music for Lent with the intention of making myself more available for prayer. It was the hardest Lent I ever experienced. It was the best too. I...
Jubilee at the Cathedral, 2015

Jubilee at the Cathedral, 2015

Fidelity is measured one day at a time.  When we celebrate our sister’s jubilees, we are celebrating the fact that for 25 year, 50 years, 60 years, they have gotten up every single day to love and serve Jesus and His Church.  Our jubilarians this year have given...
If You Only Knew…Saint Teresa and the Waters of Prayer

If You Only Knew…Saint Teresa and the Waters of Prayer

Jesus tired and thirsty sat down at a well and there encountered a Samaritan woman who had come to draw water. Asking her for a drink,“He said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, Give me a drink, you would have asked him and he would...
Giving Everything to God…An Interview with Sister Faustina

Giving Everything to God…An Interview with Sister Faustina

An excerpt from the article “Living the Consecrated Life: Sister Faustina, ‘Giving Everything to God'” printed in the The TidingsBy: R.W. DellingerSister’s Day The day for Sister Faustina starts a little before 5 a.m. Together with other...
Carmelites From Everywhere…Virtually

Carmelites From Everywhere…Virtually

October 15th is Saint Teresa of Avila’s feast day and it marks the beginning of the year long celebration of the centenary of her birth.  Each branch of the Discalced Carmelite family made its own contribution to the festivities held in San José, California,...
The Adventure of Religious Life…A Podcast Interview

The Adventure of Religious Life…A Podcast Interview

In July the Podcasting Nuns from A Nun’s Life Ministry brought their Motherhouse Roadtrip here to Alhambra.  Sister Faustina (left) and Sister Timothy Marie (right) participated in this live podcast interview.  Listen here for a great conversation about...
To God With Love From St. Teresa

To God With Love From St. Teresa

St. Teresa and Way of PerfectionTo God with Love,I am yours, I was born for You:What do You want me to do?Teresa of JesusThese words taken from one of St. Teresa’s poems could easily have been penned by her in a letter to God. The phrase “I was born for...
Flos Carmeli, You Are Our Mother…

Flos Carmeli, You Are Our Mother…

Flos Carmeli (Flower of Carmel)Every year on July 16th, Carmelites throughout the world celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patroness of the Carmelite Order.  If you want to know how we feel about Mary, our Mother, spend a few minutes reflecting on one of...
The Scapular…a Sign of Mary’s Motherhood

The Scapular…a Sign of Mary’s Motherhood

“What is the scapular, and why is it so important to Carmelites?”Do you remember what Our Lady was wearing when she appeared to Bernadette? How about her appearance as Our Lady of La Salette? How did Juan Diego describe her or how did she appear on his...
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...
The Heavenly Host: Carmelite All Souls

The Heavenly Host: Carmelite All Souls

Heavenly hosts have been described as a great cloud of witnesses. By tradition the word “host” has a military overtone meaning “armies” which the Hebrew translates as Sabaoth in reference to God’s angels, often engaged in battle with Satan and his army. The purpose of...
Once Upon a Day of Prayer | Rediscovering St. Therese

Once Upon a Day of Prayer | Rediscovering St. Therese

 A Reflection on the Little Way of St. ThereseEvery month each Carmelite Sister steps aside from her daily service to God’s people and makes a one-day spiritual retreat. To most of us, this single day out of each month is dearly loved and longed for. We meet and work...
The Goal of Carmel

The Goal of Carmel

Dear Sister Mary Colombiere,I know that all Catholic spiritualities are centered on Christ and the Gospel.  But what is the ultimate goal of Carmelite Spirituality? Life is a journey through time and every journey has a beginning and an end. The goal of every journey...
The Brown Scapular

The Brown Scapular

The month of July features several special Carmelite feasts, including Saint Elijah, Saint Teresa of the Andes, Blesseds Louis and Zelie Martin (the parents of St. Therese), the Martyrs of Compiegne, and Blessed Titus Brandsma among others. However, it is on July 16th...
Meditation and Contemplation – What is the Difference?

Meditation and Contemplation – What is the Difference?

Dear Sister Mary Colombiere,I have heard of meditation and contemplation and sometimes the words seem to be interchangable.  Is there a difference between the two?Let us begin by saying that the basic difference between meditation and contemplation is that meditation...