Why Do We Pray?

Why Do We Pray?

St. Therese said, “Prayer is a surge of the heart…a cry of recognition and of love.” Here she is referring to our hearts, our cries. But I think she would readily agree we could look at prayer from a different angle. What if prayer was a surge of God’s Heart? A cry of...
Feast of All Carmelite Saints ~ Novena Day 2

Feast of All Carmelite Saints ~ Novena Day 2

Feast of All Carmelite Saints ~ Novena Day 2 – November 7“Who can make me happier than God? In Him, I find everything. God is infinite joy!”St. Teresa of the AndesAlthough she was a Carmelite nun living in Chile in the early 20th century, St. Teresa of the Andes...
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...
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...
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....
Practical Prayer Tips from the Carmelite Sisters

Practical Prayer Tips from the Carmelite Sisters

Originally Posted: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2015/02/ask-a-carmelite-prayer-tips-camelite-sisters/ Dear Sister, Is there a best time to pray, given all the activities each day holds for me—working at my job and caring for and being with my family makes a...
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...
The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa’s Diamond

The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa’s Diamond

The De Beers Jewelry marketing slogan of “Diamonds are Forever” might have been a perfect catchphrase for Saint Teresa’s “Diamond”, better known to us as the Interior Castle. However, this company was not yet around in 1577 when she was ordered to...
Remembering the Holy Guardian Angels: When God Sends Messengers

Remembering the Holy Guardian Angels: When God Sends Messengers

Originally Posted on: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2014/10/carmeilte-sisters-guardian-angels-when-god-sends-messengers/   You never know when and where they’ll appear… perhaps even in Aisle 3 at Staples. With a heavy heart, I put down the telephone and...
Getting Ready For Grace

Getting Ready For Grace

Our hearts long for God, we are made for the infinite joy of heaven, and sometimes we seek to satisfy this longing in relationships, in material possessions, in pleasure.  Yet, if we are truly honest with ourselves, there is always a moment where people disappoint us,...
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...
A Call to Prayer

A Call to Prayer

You may or may not know that the Archbishop of Oklahoma successfully sued the satanic group staging the “black Mass” on September 21st in Oklahoma City.  The group returned the consecrated host to Archbishop Coakley and promised not to use one in the...
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...
A Call to Prayer and Action for Religious Liberty

A Call to Prayer and Action for Religious Liberty

An excerpt from…We need a new conversation about religion in American lifeBY ARCHBISHOP JOSE GOMEZ Last week at the annual Spring meeting of the United States Catholic bishops, my brother bishops and I voted unanimously to continue our “ad hoc” Committee for...
5 Ways to Celebrate a Catholic Dad on Father’s Day

5 Ways to Celebrate a Catholic Dad on Father’s Day

This year celebrate your Father’s Day with a little Catholic pizzazz… 1. PRAY with and for himGive Dad a bouquet of white lilies, the symbol of Saint Joseph, protector of the family together with a spiritual bouquet (collection of all the prayers you have prayed...
Rediscovering the Rosary with Archbishop Jose Gomez

Rediscovering the Rosary with Archbishop Jose Gomez

An excerpt from Archbishop Jose Gomez’s weekly column in The Tidings…May is Mary’s month and the Rosary is Mary’s prayer.It is a simple prayer, one that many of us learned as children. And as we grow older, the Rosary grows with us.I know many of you pray...
A Christmas Contemplation

A Christmas Contemplation

Sometimes the early morning sky, just before the light of the new day dawns, is so still and quiet that I think I am at the threshold of heaven. The atmosphere itself is permeated in a prayerful stillness. The beauty of these moments absorbs my total being and...
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...
What is a Novena?

What is a Novena?

Dear Sister Benedicta Marie, What is a novena? Where did they come from and why do we pray them?Novena comes from the Latin Language and means nine. As used by Catholics this means a series of nine prayers. Usually the series refers to a prayer or devotion offered on...
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...
Is My Prayer Good Enough?

Is My Prayer Good Enough?

Question: Dear Sister, My prayer experiences don’t seem good enough or holy enough, long enough or intense enough. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can pray better?Answer: Dear Friend, Yes, I do have a few suggestions. That’s easy…First of all, I suggest not...
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...
The Prayer I Love

The Prayer I Love

During prayers one day, a sudden impulse came upon me as I heard the voices of my Carmelite Sisters chanting the Liturgy of the Hours – an idea welling up within me to share with you about our chanting of the Divine Office in our local Carmel of the Sacred Heart...
Distractions During Prayer

Distractions During Prayer

Question:I have a hard time dealing with the silence that prayer requires. My mind never stops racing every time I sit down to pray. I heard somewhere that St. Teresa of Avila had the same problem. Do you know how she overcame it? Is it possible to overcome this...