“Wait!”

“Wait!”

An excerpt from Moments of Grace…”Wait!” by Sister Marie-AimeeDuring her first year of profession, one of our sisters spent three months teaching 8th grade religion at one of our elementary schools. Delighted with the junior high students’ ability to...
Are You a Real Nun?

Are You a Real Nun?

An excerpt from Moments of Grace…”Are You a Real Nun?” by Sister Timothy MarieOur purchases were rung up easily enough. I wrote in the amount on our check and gave it to the sales clerk. That’s when it all began. “But we don’t accept two-signature...
Love In Any Language…Come Holy Spirit

Love In Any Language…Come Holy Spirit

By Sister Immaculata “Love in any language, straight from the heart Pulls us all together, never apart And once we learn to speak it All the world will know, Love in any language, fluently spoken here.” I remember several years ago singing this song in a...
Come Face to Face With God

Come Face to Face With God

Sister Regina Marie Gorman, O.C.D.Vicar GeneralCarmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles Commencement Address to the Class of 2015St. Thomas Aquinas CollegePrepared text  |  May 16, 2015When I received the letter from Dr. McLean inviting me to...
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,...
Resurrection Moments

Resurrection Moments

By: Sister ImmaculataMy grandmother, whom I affectionately called ‘Meme’ was filled with love. I grew especially close to her since for the last twenty years of her life she suffered from near-blindness. I helped her with her mail, her bookkeeping, and...
The Heart of Lent in Carmel

The Heart of Lent in Carmel

By: Sister Marie-Aimee, O.C.D.When I was a freshman in college, long before I knew the Carmelites, I decided to give up music for Lent with the intention of making myself more available for prayer. It was the hardest Lent I ever experienced. It was the best too. I...
Like Gently Falling Snow…Graces in a New Year

Like Gently Falling Snow…Graces in a New Year

Being a native Angelino from southern California, I had never seen snow, either falling or settled on the ground, until I was 24 years old. This is what happened. One day in winter we sisters drove up the winding road into the San Gabriel Mountains and spent a day...
Apostolic Fire

Apostolic Fire

The other day while praying my meditation in the quiet of the late afternoon, with the outside shadows lengthening and the expectant hush of eventide marking the ending of another day, for some reason my mind wandered to the microphone in the sanctuary. I was drawn to...
Entrance To Postulancy

Entrance To Postulancy

On September 14, 2014, our three aspirants: Jodi, Marlee, and Leah began their postulancy.  Celebrate with us as our newest members take their first steps in religious life…enjoy the photos!It is “Smile” from our album Lean Into the Wind which is...
For Greater Things You Were Born

For Greater Things You Were Born

The complete* text of Sister Regina Marie, O.C.D.’s address to the Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast, September 16, 2014When Allen Lund called me last year about this morning’s Prayer Breakfast, my first response was, “Allen, you need a big name for your...
The Adventure of Religious Life…A Podcast Interview

The Adventure of Religious Life…A Podcast Interview

In July the Podcasting Nuns from A Nun’s Life Ministry brought their Motherhouse Roadtrip here to Alhambra.  Sister Faustina (left) and Sister Timothy Marie (right) participated in this live podcast interview.  Listen here for a great conversation about...
Lift High the Cross

Lift High the Cross

It was late summer in California. The skies were a limpid blue. A balmy ocean breeze blew across the sand. Children were building sandcastles. Windsurfers cut like knives across the Pacific shoreline with windblown hair. And fifteen Carmelite Sisters began walking...
Pilgrimage to Rome…a Visit to the Heart of the Church

Pilgrimage to Rome…a Visit to the Heart of the Church

This summer Sister Mary Scholastica had the opportunity to participate in a three week summer program of religious renewal in Rome.  The program, sponsored by the CMSWR, provides an opportunity for participating religious to make a spiritual pilgrimage into the Heart...
Pilgrimage to Rome…a Visit to the Heart of the Church

Signing Off from Rome

Talk about sporadic! I wasn’t exactly consistent in sharing updates of our Roman adventures.  Sorry! As one of the sisters here put it, the more blessed we were, the less time we had to write about it. Regardless of not hearing from me, I did carry you all in my heart...
Evangelical to Anglican to Catholic…to Carmelite?  Seeking Truth.

Evangelical to Anglican to Catholic…to Carmelite? Seeking Truth.

Leah DesGeorges has spent the last year praying and working with us as one of our Candidates.  The purpose of the candidacy is two-fold: to provide a time of serious discernment regarding a possible vocation to our community and to provide the applicant with a deeper...
Roaming Through Rome

Roaming Through Rome

Praised be Jesus Christ! It’s hard to know where to pick up as a couple of days have already passed us by – time is a fleeting thing. It’s so easy to gloss over a nondescript list (which is what is below) when you can’t see the fullness of what lies behind each item....
Rome with St. Ignatius

Rome with St. Ignatius

Praised be Jesus Christ! Today kicked off the first formal day of our summer study session. Father John Cush, our presenter for the 25th and 26th, began his first conference by noting that the principal way Rome teaches us is by bringing us out of ourselves. Tis true....
Moving Out of Day 3 in Roma!

Moving Out of Day 3 in Roma!

Praised be Jesus Christ! I think we’re already moving out of Day 3 here in Roma!Shall I give you another entire paragraph or two on Roman driving? I’m hoping that the sisters here aren’t getting tired of my ongoing commentary on the driving. It’s fascinating. Before I...
First Conscious Day in Rome!

First Conscious Day in Rome!

Praised be Jesus Christ! Greetings from your Roman correspondent!Let’s begin with the mundane: the birds, bugs, driving and people. It’s quite different here in Italy. The birds are louder (pigeons dive bombing sea gulls makes for quite a concert), mosquito bites...
Such a Father

Such a Father

 On Fathers’ Day, we remember and honor the dads, grandfathers, uncles, and all the men, living and deceased, who tirelessly and selflessly give/gave of themselves for their families with unconditional love. And if a father chooses to imitate the virtues and example...
Crossing the Threshold of Holy Week…

Crossing the Threshold of Holy Week…

It caught me by surprise that the Carmelite Sisters keep a complete and prayerful silence during the Holy Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, not speaking until the conclusion of the evening Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. I remember when I...
Scoring Where It Really Counts…

Scoring Where It Really Counts…

Promoting a Deeper Spiritual Life…on the basketball court!It was the junior high boys first basketball game of the season.  As four sisters walked into the stuffy gym they were astounded by the sight that awaited them: bleachers packed with Holy Innocents...
Sharing In Our Mission at Santa Teresita

Sharing In Our Mission at Santa Teresita

By: Lisa StevensI first met the sisters of Santa Teresita when our family moved to Los Angeles and multiple people asked me to spend some time with them. I must admit I was at first a little uncertain. When I met these women it was like being with old friends. They...
Watching and Waiting

Watching and Waiting

Advent in CarmelTo experience Advent in Carmel is to enter into a rarified atmosphere that is filled to the brim with Carmel’s living legacy of Advent customs and observances. My first Advent in Carmel remains fresh in my memory today, still as vibrant and alive as...