The Difference Between Humans and Animals

The Difference Between Humans and Animals

By: Sister Immaculata, OCDA couple of weeks ago I was at a Farmer’s Market on a lovely spot right by the ocean. One of the booths that featured woodwork had a carved sign display saying: ‘Animals are People Too!’ Certainly, I don’t think the...
Why does my faith walk seem so lonely to me at times?

Why does my faith walk seem so lonely to me at times?

Originally Written For: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2015/04/ask-a-carmelite-why-a-lonely-faith-walk/ Ask a Carmelite Sister Dear Sister, Sometimes the living of my Catholic faith is a lonely walk for me. Why is that?  Am I doing anything wrong?  Sometimes I...
Keeping Faith Alive During the Dark Nights of Life

Keeping Faith Alive During the Dark Nights of Life

By: Sister Regina Marie, O.C.D.When you come to the edgeof all the light you know,and are about to step offinto the darkness of the unknown,faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand onor you will be taught how to fly....
How to to Overcome Sins and Faults of the Tongue

How to to Overcome Sins and Faults of the Tongue

Originally Written For: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2014/10/ask-a-carmelite-how-to-to-overcome-sins-and-faults-of-the-tongue/ Sins and Faults of the Tongue: To Speak or not to Speak—That is the Question Dear Sister, There is a lot of noise around...
2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: St. Teresa and St. Therese

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal: St. Teresa and St. Therese

Many of you probably have seen the 1965 film entitled The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews as Maria Von Trapp and Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp. The first verse of the theme song goes like this:Climb every mountain,Search high and low,Follow every...
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...

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...
A Catholic Protestant?

A Catholic Protestant?

“Dear Sister, I have been to different churches, such as Methodist, non-denominational, etc. I really liked their services, but I was brought up Catholic. Can I go to these services instead of Mass and still call myself Catholic? Is it possible to be both?”You...
The Deadline That Changed My Prayer Life

The Deadline That Changed My Prayer Life

Mornings are God’s masterpieces. A new day awakens, filled with potential. The night sky disappears into the heavens, while the sun slowly creeps up out of the distant horizon. Most of the time, I don’t see the sun rise. Dawn comes quite early according to any clock...
The Joy of Being Catholic

The Joy of Being Catholic

If ever there was tangible evidence of the veracity of Jesus’ words, “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20), it was certainly there for the whole world to see on March 13th as Pope Francis stepped out onto the balcony to greet the...
Isn’t It Enough to Believe in Jesus?

Isn’t It Enough to Believe in Jesus?

Do I really have to believe all the other things the Catholic Church teaches? I do realize that the idea of ‘believing all that the Catholic Church teaches’ sounds excessive and even authoritarian to many ears, but it must be remembered that the Church has...

How to Live the Year of Faith

   A Light in the Darkness Throughout life, we are all faced with difficult times.  All of us have times of  illness, struggles in relationships, a loss of employment, or even the daily tragedies that are presented to us on the news daily. As we journey through these...