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...
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...
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...
How to Overcome Worry by Trusting God

How to Overcome Worry by Trusting God

Originally posted on: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2014/01/ask-a-carmelite-how-to-overcome-worry-by-rusting-god/ Dear Sister, I worry a lot. I worry about myself and my family. People sometimes tell me that I worry far too much.  I can’t help it. As a child,...
What is meant by “prayer life”?

What is meant by “prayer life”?

Dear Sister, I’ve heard people use the term prayer life or prayer journey. What does that mean? Dear Friend, Usually when this type of question comes to mind, it is because the Holy Spirit is inspiring it! The answer lies in an understanding of the essence of what it...
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...
One God, Many Religions

One God, Many Religions

Dear Sister Benedicta Marie, If there is only one God, why are there so many religions in the world?With apologies to Shakespeare, the fault, Dear Reader, lies not in our God, but in ourselves. God indeed, if I can say it this way, knows how to be truly Three, and...
Faith to Move Mountains

Faith to Move Mountains

Dear Sister Benedicta Marie,In scripture Jesus says that if we have faith of a mustard seed we can move mountains. Why aren’t we moving mountains? Does anyone really have that kind of faith?Just to add a little fuel to the fire let me add that in John’s Gospel...
Why Do Priests in the Catholic Church Keep Celibacy?

Why Do Priests in the Catholic Church Keep Celibacy?

Question: Why do priests in the Catholic Church keep celibacy?I have always been surprised at the apparent vexation this discipline stirs among some Christian people, especially since it is explicitly recommended in the New Testament. Paul is very clear about its...
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...
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...
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...
Lose the Faith?

Lose the Faith?

Question:“Sometimes I struggle in understanding God or some of the teachings of the Church. Does this mean I’ve lost my faith? How does one lose faith? Can faith be restored if it has been lost?”Answer:If understanding certain aspects of the Faith is a struggle you...
Will We Still Have Faith in Heaven?

Will We Still Have Faith in Heaven?

“Will we still have faith when we are in heaven? What about those in purgatory and hell?”There is a question I do not hear every day! To understand the answer to this question it would first be necessary to understand the three places we are talking about, and bear in...
Getting More From Holy Mass

Getting More From Holy Mass

I don’t get much out of Mass. Do you have any suggestions?I suppose you have already heard a couple phrases that have become aphorisms on this ‘issue’:  “Don’t come to get – come to give” and “You will only get out what you...
How Can I Get Out of My Patterns of Sin?

How Can I Get Out of My Patterns of Sin?

How can I deepen my relationship with God when I am stuck in patterns of sin that I can’t seem to break?  I’ve asked this question to several people at different times, but I really can’t seem to figure this out or make any progress.  I am really grieved over this. It...
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...
Spiritual Detachment

Spiritual Detachment

Dear Sister, In your recent series on getting stuck in spiritual growth (which was very helpful  by the way) you mentioned the idea of “attachments.” I think I understand this as I have read a bit of St. John of the Cross. However, I would be grateful if you could...
Faith & Suffering

Faith & Suffering

There is so much suffering in the world. Why does God allow people to suffer, especially good people? What is the relationship, if any, to faith and suffering? There is indeed “so much” suffering in the world!  I would recommend to you #302-314 of the...
Judging Others

Judging Others

Dear Sister, I have the bad habit of judging people. As I grow older, the habit grows along with me. I am a very logical person, and it is very painful for me to watch people not get punished for wrongdoing, or hide their misdeeds, or grow wealthy while those of us...