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 …

Lent: Farewell to Alleluia

To our dear friends, Alas … the beginning of Lent. Blessed Ash Wednesday to you! To start this solemn season we would like to share with you another custom of our Carmel called “Goodbye to Alleluia”.  We hope you enjoy it. We have simply copied the ceremony below as we use it each year. Our sincere hope and prayer is …

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.” …

Ash Wednesday

The great Lent has begun today with Ash Wednesday. Many Christians received the mark of the cross on their foreheads today at Mass or another church service–a reminder of our frail humanity that will one day return to the dust of the earth from which it came. This reminder invites us to return to the Lord “with our whole heart …