Happy Thanksgiving

We give thanks to you, O God, as we call upon your name.
We cry aloud how marvelous you are,  as we call upon your name.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
We give thanks to you, O God, as we call upon your name.

--Responsory, Liturgy of the Hours

Hello, Cyber-Friends!

We have missed you lately and have not posted anything for awhile. As everyone can attest to, sometimes other areas and priorities have to take precedence. Thank you for understanding!

One community task that falls under that category is preparing our quarterly newsletter and getting it in the mail. We all have a part in it, and try to work together. We will post it soon, and if you are on our mailing list you will be receiving it very soon  (we hope! we're not finished stuffing envelopes yet!).

We've also been busy celebrating the feast days in November. Besides All Saints' Day and All Souls there are several Carmelite days of special commemoration this month. St. Elizabeth of the Trintiy was celebrated as a saint for the first time this year on the liturgical calendar. On her day, November 8th, for evening "collation" (small meal during the monastic Fast season) we honored her with a pseudo-French menu (view here). Then on November 14th and 15th all Carmelites celebrate the Saints of our Order and commemoration of All Carmelite Souls.  We prayed especially for all those enrolled in our Spiritual Treasury who have died.

Below are some shots you might enjoy. We hope you are in a place where the leaves turn in the Fall, or at least you can see them on beautiful pictures.

May you have a very blessed Thanksgiving, everyone!  We are thankful for all those who are so good to us and pray for all of you!

    P.S.  We edited this little video and added more "theme music" if you want to take another look. Sorry for the poor quality of the first one.

    Comments 3

    1. St. Elizabeth of the Trinity would have been quite proud of your “pseudo-French” menu for collation. However, instead of the Petit Jean Bacon, I would have made tranches de jambon farcies au sauce Madeira (slices of ham stuffed with black truffles and drizzled with a Madeira wine sauce). I know, I know, not much in keeping with the frugality of a monastic fast… but soooo good!!! I really must seriously consider moving back to Little Rock and becoming your cook instead of your chef, since Sister Blogger aptly pointed out that “chef” is way too fancy a title for us Carmelites. 🙂 And yes, I would have accompanied the collation with half a flute glass of Veuve Clicquot, just enough to enhance the ham, but not enough to inebriate anyone!!! So, dear Sisters, get the extern quarters ready!!!

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        You are too much! Besides, if you become our cook, you’ll have to tone down all the way to soft boiled eggs and cheese toast. That’s about all our elder sisters will eat. You may be bored?

        1. J.M.+J.T.

          I could never be bored when it comes to cooking!! I have Fr. Gabriel Heintrich (of blessed memory) for my cooking skills. He and I were the cooks during my time at Marylake. Even if I have to tone down the menu, I think the elder sisters would enjoy a coddled egg served on a bed of braised spinach with a wee touch of Asiago cheese sauce. Often the simplest fare is the best. And, of course, we must be consistent… after all, a coddled egg is more in keeping with our monastic Fast. 🙂

          My favorite liturgical season starts this Sunday. I have always loved Advent. The readings from Isaiah in the Office of Readings have a certain poetic majesty, delighting aesthetic sensibilities as well as the soul’s spiritual longings.. A season of beginnings, a season that tells us that no matter our failings and human foibles there is a compassionate God that continues to renew his covenant with his people through Jesus Christ. It’s a season that speaks of a young woman expecting a child that would become the Savior of the world; a child born in poverty thus teaching us our dependence on God’s providence and unending love for his people. “Drop down dew, heavens, from above, and the let clouds rain the Just One. Let the earth open and bud forth the Savior.”

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