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Carmelite Musings | Remembering

Carmelite Musings | Remembering

By Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. It seems as if every day something happens that deeply impacts or changes the trajectory of life for at least one person we know. Every day. It could be illness, a change in one’s job, a birth, graduation, getting married, receipt of...

Carmelite Musings | Resistance

Carmelite Musings | Resistance

By Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. No one likes to be told what to do, when to do it, or how to do it.  When this happens, something inside of us puts up resistance, it’s almost like an instinctive reflex.  Even little ones seem to thrive on saying the word “no”! ...

Carmelite Musings | St. Therese

Carmelite Musings | St. Therese

By Sister Mary Scholastica, O.C.D. I did not like St. Therese.  At all.  First off, prior to the convent, I was a bit clueless about saints.  Saints did not feel like real people.  Their holy cards always looked a bit too “fake”.  I also didn’t know saints belonged to...

A Reflection on Mary, Mother of the Church

A Reflection on Mary, Mother of the Church

By: Sister Laetitia Therese, O.C.D. The Monday after Pentecost, the Church celebrates the memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church.  Instituted by Pope Francis in 2019, it seems very fitting for our times.  The state of affairs in our world, our country, our Church, our...

Near to Us

Near to Us

By: Sister Anita Mary, O.C.D. Some years ago, we had the privilege of having Bishop Robert Barron at our Motherhouse on the vigil of the Feast of the Assumption. At Mass, he began his homily by describing how Christians tend to think of the feasts of the Assumption...

Earth Looks down to Heaven

Earth Looks down to Heaven

by Sister Jeannine Marie “How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for me.” Psalm 116 Spiritual Motherhood. Where did it all begin? It was a cold winter night. Joseph had built a small fire with what little wood he could find scattered around...

Joseph’s Consolation

Joseph’s Consolation

By Sister Isabelle, O.C.D. The rhythmic sound of a man steadily hammering away at work always brings to mind our dear St. Joseph. What a man! St. Joseph was a strong workman as so many good men who labor to provide the basics for their families today. Like them,...

The Healing of Heaven

The Healing of Heaven

Our world is in pain. Over the past year, we’ve watched illness, social isolation, economic downfall, social unrest, and political turmoil sweep away all normalcy, leaving fear and anger in their wake. Holy water fonts have been emptied and replaced by bottles of hand sanitizer.

Need a Savior

Need a Savior

by Sister Meredith, O.C.D. About ten years ago during Advent, I heard this hymn for the first time, “Rorate Caeli”, and although I had no clue about its meaning, something stirred within me. I felt all my emotions move with the somber, yet hopeful chant as the notes...

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

By Sister Laetitia Therese, O.C.D. It was December 12. I had recently become absolutely convinced that Our Lord was calling me to religious life, but as I drove to school that morning, I prayed about my family. What was going to happen to them? Didn’t they need me...