1st Week of Lent 2021

Please take a look at the online Retreat put together by the the Discalced Carmelite Friars of Paris and Austria, in collaboration with ICS publications. The retreat texts were written by Fr. Guillaume Dehorter ocd, (Avon convent) and a Carmelite team from the Paris province: Fr. Jean-Alexandre, ocd (Avon convent), the Carmelite nuns of Saint-Maur (Lons-le-Saunier), along with Marie-Noëlle, Raphaëlle, …

Ash Wednesday 2021

Blessed Ash Wednesday to all! Ash Wednesday may be different this year if you don’t receive blessed ashes on your forehead due to the pandemic restrictions, but that doesn’t change the meaning of this day in any regard. Rather we still begin the season of Lent by humbling ourselves, turning away from sin, and turning more to God in a …

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 Thursday 2020

Dear Friends, “Now is the time for the Son of Man to be glorified (Jn. 12:23),” says our Lord a few days before His Passion. What a mysterious statement. So much is going on in the life of Christ even before the Crucifixion, the “Day of our Salvation.” Jesus will speak at length to his closest friends tonight at the …

Jesus on the Cross with Flowers

Dear Quarantined Catholics

Our dear friends of Carmel, and all our fellow quarantined Catholics,This is the first Sunday without attending Mass. For so many, it has been years and years you have not been at Mass on a Sunday. Please know we are united in prayer with all of you at this difficult time! There is an abundant amount of online resources out …

Online Lenten Retreat 2020

Well, dear Catholics (and others observing the season of Lent), have you thought about your lenten practices yet? It’s coming very soon (Wednesday, February 26th, next week!). We’d like to recommend the online retreat put out by our Discalced Carmelite Friars in Austria and in France. Each retreat they offer highlights a Carmelite saint within the specified liturgical season (Advent, …

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 …

Lenten Retreat with Edith Stein

Yes, you can participate in a Lenten retreat even without leaving your home. Of course you know that by now, with modern technology and the internet. We want to pass along to you a retreat offer we received from the Carmelite Friars of Paris and Austria. It is called “Paschal Journey with Edith Stein, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.” …