Did you know that the Church gets her custom of praying novenas from the nine days of waiting in the Upper Room for the decent of the Holy Spirit? That was the first novena.
After nine days of waiting, praying, desiring … the third Person of the Holy Trinity has descended upon us! Happy Birthday, Holy Mother Church! We sisters have been on a “casual” retreat for the past nine days, in union with Our Lady and the Apostles in the Upper Room. It is a custom in Carmel to set aside time for preparation before Pentecost, and many Carmels all over the world have a retreat at this time. Ours is not a preached retreat, but a time of more silence and prayer as we continue to keep up with our work in the monastery. We have been praying for all of you, all our friends and benefactors, and the whole world. May the Holy Spirit breathe forth His fire and send winds of flame!