For greater things you were born

– Mother Luisita,
Foundress of the Carmelite Sisters of the
Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

Your heart was made for love.

Vocation. God calls you to love. He draws your heart to Love, to Himself. He desires you to be fully alive, and in a word, to be a saint. How has the Lord shaped your heart to love?

“[Each precious soul] is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to Himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for…” (CCC #27)

In the heart of the Church, my Mother, I will be love

– St. Therese of Lisieux

Has God made your heart for religious life?

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My Journey to Carmel

What Drew You?

Vocation Stories

An Invitation to Carmel

An Invitation to Carmel

An Invitation to Carmel

An Invitation to Carmel

An Invitation to Carmel

Our Spirituality

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Our Charism

To stand in the presence of the living God, and with Mary, to make known to the world the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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Our Formation Process

Our Formation process is a lifelong process of putting on the mind and heart of Christ.

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Our Religious Family

Family Spirit
Totally Given

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Our Apostolic Work

From our own life of prayer that flows into our service of the whole person, we accompany others throughout all stages of life through education, retreats, and healthcare in their experience and encounter of the personal love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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Our Foundress

In the face of darkness, our Mother Foundress unleashed hope in a time intense religious persecution. Learn more about her life, heroic virtue, and path to sainthood.

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A Day in the Life…

Open wide the doors to your heart.

You are not alone in this journey of discernment. Discernment is a process of discovering the Lord’s calling for YOU in the innermost part of your heart. This process usually entails prayer and reflection, trusting in the Lord, and making a choice to move in a certain direction with bold faith. The key is an open and trusting heart, to perceive where the Lord is calling you. Three things are necessary to hear His call: inner quiet, inner freedom, and inner strength.

The Sisters are here to accompany you on this journey, especially through prayer. Below are some resources to help you on this journey.

Prayer can truly change your life. Directing our mind and heart to the Lord and setting aside some quality time with Jesus in prayer and reflection is crucial to hearing and perceiving where He may be calling you. Have you asked Him, “Lord, what do you desire of me?”

Tips on cultivating a heart to hear his call:

  • Make time for daily silent prayer
  • Make visits to the Blessed Sacrament and spend time in Adoration
  • Go often to the Sacraments, especially Mass and Confession
  • Pray with the Scriptures (tip: the Gospels manifest the Heart of God)
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“What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ, and that we love Him in return. In comparison to the love of Jesus, everything else is secondary. And without the love of Jesus, everything else is useless.”

–Pope Saint John Paul II

What’s the best way to prepare for your vocation?
To live fully in the present moment and to trust that each moment God is already guiding you. Even now, as a daughter, sister, student, friend, co-worker, be the best you can be for the Lord. You can also pray during this time, “Lord, help me to want what you want and to trust in Your plan for my life.”

Here are some practical ways to live in trust during this time of discernment:

“Asking such questions also means searching for Someone who can neither deceive nor be deceived, and who therefore can offer a certainty so solid that we can live for it and, if need be, even die for it. Dear young people, the happiness you are seeking, the happiness you have a right to enjoy has a name and a face: It is Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist. Only He gives the fullness of life…”

– Pope Benedict XVI

Discernment is a meeting point of prayer and action. This is where we can be ready and open for the Holy Spirit to inspire and move us in a certain direction. We can pray, “Lord, grant me the wisdom to know Your will and the courage to pursue it.”
At times, it doesn’t have to be big steps – small, faithful steps towards His Will, He takes us by the hand and leads us. Other times, the Holy Spirit will supply the grace for us to make a bigger jump, and rest assured He’ll be there waiting with open arms.

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“Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality, or joy. On the contrary you will become what the Father had in mind when He created you, and you will be faithful to your deepest self.”

– Pope Francis

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