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...
Prayer or good works?

Prayer or good works?

Growing up, I was taught that we needed to “pray, pray, pray” in order to save our souls.  But recently, a friend told me that we need to do good works instead. Which is more important: prayer or good works? I remember hearing it said many years ago in a Catholic...
Silence & Solitude

Silence & Solitude

What aspect of Carmelite Spirituality do you find most helpful for your prayer?  What thoughts have crossed your mind when you have read the Gospel narrative of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus and Martha “stewing” in the kitchen because she was left alone to do the...
Sometimes Prayer is So Frustrating

Sometimes Prayer is So Frustrating

 Dear Sister,  In the second mansion St. Teresa strongly emphasizes the need for perseverance. Can you help me understand how this works in a practical way? I really struggle to keep a consistent prayer time and to stay focused when I pray. Sometimes it is so...
A Contemplative Space

A Contemplative Space

Originally posted on Integrated Catholic Life: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2010/12/carmelite-sisters-contemplative-space/ People are experiencing great yearnings to be fulfilled, satisfied, and whole, and the world is running out of answers for them. “Lord,...