Blessed Columbus Day!

Dear Friends of Carmel, Other than today being a no-post-mail-day because of Christopher Columbus, who we learned in elementary school “sailed the ocean blue in fourteen-hundred ninety-two,” there is much to be grateful for in this hero of the past. To learn more about the founder of our continent through the lens of our Catholic Christian Faith, please take time …

Holy Saturday 2020

Today is a strange day. We don’t know how we should pray today. In our Carmel and in other religious houses when we go to pray in the choir (the nuns’ private chapel) we are immediately reminded that today is different than any other day of the year because the tabernacle is empty. There is no sacramental Presence of Jesus …

Good Friday 2020

Many of you will be viewing your parish churches’ live-stream services for Good Friday. You may also want to watch the movie “The Passion of the Christ” by Mel Gibson today. It seems each time I view it something different speaks to my heart that I didn’t pick up before. I Will Draw All People to Myself This time it …

Holy Saturday

Today on Holy Saturday we share some posts from last year at this time. Our Lord has just died and is buried in the tomb. And now we wait … Holy Saturday 2018 Lamb of God Reflection Faces of the Cross – “Homemade” Stations of the Cross by the nuns Come back in a couple days if you’d like to …

Holy Week 2019

Dear Friends, The culmination of 40 days of Lenten preparation is upon us. We enter in to the holiest week of the year in our Christian Faith. Holy Week begins Palm Sunday and ends Easter Sunday. How ready am I? Maybe my Lenten fast and resolutions have fallen short of my expectations and plans. Isn’t that usually the case? Even …

Do You Have a Theme for Advent?

We are half way through the Advent season of 2018 and by now you may have been noticing in your prayer life, or at Mass, or in some aspect of your spiritual reflections a “theme” of sorts that speaks to you, or stands out, grabbing your attention. Or perhaps not. If we are truly listening to God on a regular …

Holy Saturday

This is the emptiest day of the year. Jesus is dead. He is not in the Tabernacle. Not anywhere in the world. It is the strangest thing to live in a monastery and go to the Choir (nuns’ chapel) only to find it an empty room. We do not genuflect as always but slightly bow to the altar where the …

Good Friday

The pictures were taken from the book The Life of the Madonna in Art, Copy write 1985, by the Daughters of St. Paul. Music: “Jesus, Remember Me” by Taize, “Sing to God” CD

Lamb of God

There is a beautiful poem by Denise Levertov that speaks of God as a defenseless little lamb … and so He is. It takes time to read this poem for its full effect, not unlike any true poetry that aims at the heart. Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

Faces of the Cross

We are now in the third week of Lent. Many faithful Catholics pray the Stations of the Cross during Lent, either on their own or with their parish. Many parishes have this prayer service offered on Friday evenings during Lent. We would like to pray the Stations with you this Lenten season. The pictures we’ve chosen are photos of the …