Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Dear Friends, A very blessed season of Christmas to you and almost New Year!  We also greet you in love and grace for the solemnity of the Holy Family (Sunday, Dec. 31st) and of the Mother of God (Monday, Jan. 1st). So many feasts all bundled up together! Last time you heard from us we were beginning the Christmas Novena …

Solemnity of St. John of the Cross

Happy Feast Day, everyone!  It’s late, but here is a little something in honor of the Carmelite saint whom all Discalced Carmelites call “our Holy Father”, just as we call St. Teresa “our Holy Mother”. One of our local Discalced Carmelite Friars here in Little Rock, Fr. Sam Anthony Morello, OCD, came today to give us our biweekly conference and …

Second Sunday of Advent

Dear Friends,Let these lines from sacred liturgy be healing balm to your soul … PSALMODY First Vespers Antiphon 1.   New city of Zion, let your heart sing for joy; see how humbly your King comes to save you. Antiphon 2.  Have courage, all of you, lost and fearful; take heart and say: Our God will come to save us, alleluia. …

“The Romances” by St. John of the Cross

We are in the fourth day of our novena to St. John of the Cross, whose feast day is December 14th.  As mentioned in the earlier post our Carmel reads a portion of the poem each day of the novena before praying the prayer to St. John of the Cross. Below is the complete poem if you would like to …

Novena to St. John of the Cross

Dear Friends, Please join us in prayer to our Holy Father St. John of the Cross with the prayer below and a reading each day from his poem “The Romances”. It is our tradition to meditate on one of the nine sections each day of the novena. We read it each evening at Vespers then say the prayer together. May …

An Advent Moment

Evening sun shines brightly through the west window of the nuns’ choir to create this wonderful show of God’s beauty. A wonderfully beautiful distraction from silent prayer during the quiet time of Advent.

First Sunday of Advent

PSALMODY— Sunday Evening Prayer I, First Sunday of Advent Antiphon 1 Proclaim the good news among the nations: Our God will come to save us. Antiphon 2 Know that the Lord is coming and with him all his saints; that day will dawn with a wonderful light, alleluia. Antiphon 3 The Lord will come with mighty power; all mortal eyes …