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Where in the World is Carmel?

Where in the World is Carmel?   An interesting question in more ways than one! And one that requires some thought. Just to clear up any confusion right at the beginning, Carmel doesn’t mean the delicious, sweet, sticky candy. That is caramel, with a different spelling and three syllables! The word Carmel is of Hebrew origin and means a “garden, orchard, or park.” So, would we be in Carmel... Read More

Learning to Float in the Ocean of Mercy

Learning to Float in the Ocean of Mercy […Some time ago, a] young woman was eagerly learning the art of surrender to the Divine Instructor. Jesus revealed to St. Maria Faustina, an obscure Religious Sister in Poland, His deep love and mercy for all humanity and appointed her as His ‘Messenger of Mercy’. His message involved a request for our childlike confidence in His love and a renewed call... Read More

Resurrection Moments – God’s Easter Word to Us

Resurrection Moments God's Easter Word to Us   My 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 when I was old enough to drive, I took her shopping and to Mass. Our conversations were unforgettable, and she taught... Read More

The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa’s Diamond

The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa's Diamond The De Beers Jewelry marketing slogan of “Diamonds are Forever” might have been a perfect catchphrase for Saint Teresa’s “Diamond”, better known to us as the Interior Castle. However, this company was not yet around in 1577 when she was ordered to write another book. “Forever” was a well-chosen word because of the properties and symbolism... Read More

Mary, the Mother of God and Our Mother

January 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Mary, Solemnity

Mary, the Mother of God and Our Mother Contemplating Our Lady as mother of Jesus when He was an infant and little boy, it is easy to imagine her doing all the things mothers do for their children – singing Him to sleep, kissing a skinned knee if He fell while at play, holding His hands helping Him to balance as He was first learning to walk. Such things she surely must have done throughout... Read More

The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality

The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality “What did you go out to the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7). These were Jesus’ words to the crowd. John took to the desert to draw people out into solitude to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Messiah. For many years the desert had become a place of encounter. In 1 Kings 19:1-8, a long time before John’s appearance we learn of another prophet,... Read More

Transfiguration and Religious Life

Transfiguration and Religious Life Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord “Those who allow themselves to be seized by this love cannot help but abandon everything to follow Him.” Saint John Paul II’s words have been a personal inspiration to me all throughout my religious life. My copy of Vita Consecrata has been read and re-read numerous times. It is there that he sets the Transfiguration... Read More

Flower of Carmel – Flos Carmeli – You Are Our Mother

 Flower of Carmel – Flos Carmeli – You Are Our Mother… Flower of Carmel – Flos Carmeli – You are our Mother Every year on July 16th, Carmelites throughout the world celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patroness of the Carmelite Order.  If you want to know how we feel about Mary, our Mother, spend a few minutes reflecting on one of the most beautiful... Read More

Lord, Open My Lips

Lord, Open My Lips “Lord, open my lips and my mouth will proclaim your praise.” (Psalm 51:15) These words ring out in the chapel, breaking the silence of the early morning. It is still dark outside and our community of sisters, albeit still a bit bleary-eyed, has gathered to begin the day singing the Divine Office. The words of the psalms fill the air: “It is good to give thanks... Read More

The Meaning of Memorial Day

May 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Sacrifice

The Meaning of Memorial Day Many people are very free with their opinions about war, about whether or not we should fight this war or that, about where and how the military should be deployed or brought home.  In some countries, freely expressing these opinions could land you in jail or worse.  In America, our right to express them is protected by the highest law in our land.  In America, men and... Read More

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