Mary, the Mother of God and Our Mother

Mary, the Mother of God and Our Mother

Contemplating Our Lady as mother of Jesus when He was an infant and little boy, it is easy to imagine her doing all the things mothers do for their children – singing Him to sleep, kissing a skinned knee if He fell while at play, holding His hands helping Him to...
Why Mary?

Why Mary?

By Sister Antonia TeresaMany people who are not Catholic or who do not understand the teachings of the Catholic Church often have many questions about the devotion, love, and reverence that Catholics show to Our Blessed Mother. Why do we honor and show such regard for...
Pray the Rosary for Peace

Pray the Rosary for Peace

“Pray my Psalter and teach it to your people. That prayer will never fail.” With these words, Our Lady entrusted St. Dominic (in the 13th century) to spread the devotion of praying the Rosary among the faithful. Indeed since then, the devout praying of the...
A Tribute to Moms…

A Tribute to Moms…

Last year an ad company publicized an advertisement for a job and then conducted real interviews via webcam.  Can you imagine reading an ad for a job which required you to be at work 24/7, no breaks, no vacations?  A job requiring constant movement, including bending,...
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....
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...
O Mary, We Crown Thee…

O Mary, We Crown Thee…

We hope you enjoy this slideshow of our May Crowning on Mother’s Day…On Mother’s Day we once again invited families to join us and celebrate the gift of motherhood at our yearly May Crowning held at Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra. We honored our...
How Can I Have a Relationship With Mary?

How Can I Have a Relationship With Mary?

Q. I just recently became Catholic and I’m still struggling with the Church’s teachings on Mary. I respect her, but I don’t feel the need to ask her for prayers if I can just ask God directly. Do you have any suggestions on how I can have a...
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...
Mary…Mother of God, Mother of Mine

Mary…Mother of God, Mother of Mine

In her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux noted this about mothers, “How delicate a mother’s heart really is, and how it shows its tenderness in a thousand little cares that no one else thinks about.” Many of us have fond memories of our...
A Plea for Peace

A Plea for Peace

The Pope is calling us to pray and fast September 7, 2013 The September 1st Angelus Address of Pope FrancisSaint Peter’s SquareSunday, September 1, 2013 Dear Brothers and Sisters,Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to make add my voice to the cry which...

Mary is More Mother than Queen

The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary One week ago, the Church celebrated the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15th, when at the conclusion of her earthly life, Our Lady was assumed body and soul, into Heaven by her Divine Son, our...