Prosper the Work of Our Hands, O Lord

As Carmelites, we receive prayer requests all the time. And that is what we are here for. We are called to be love in the heart of the Church, and that love is the perfect answer to every prayer.

But today we’d like to send out a prayer request of our own. In about 9 hours, we will begin our gala dinner in celebration of Santa Teresita’s 80th Jubilee. We have been working hard for over a year preparing, and in the past couple of weeks, there have been many late nights and early mornings trying to get everything done. (more…)

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Published in: on September 25, 2010 at 7:48 am  Comments (1)  

Oh, what a beautiful morning!

On Tuesday, September 21, 2010, we served as the choir for the Los Angels Catholic Prayer Breakfast Mass. Here is a discription, a bit lengthy, but what part could I leave out?!?!

5:09 a.m. I am just finishing getting ready to leave my cell when I hear the unmistakable sound of a diesel engine. “The bus is here,” I think to myself as I adjust my veil and open the door. I have just enough time to grab a bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee. “Can’t sing on an empty stomach,” I think to myself.

5:23 a.m. The parking lot is lit only by the few flood lights but in the sketchy lighting I can see other sisters heading in the same direction. We are still in Grand Silence, so we refrain from exuberant greetings. One by one, in silence, we climb into the waiting bus. Hardly our normal morning routine, yet even without a word, the air is full of electric energy. (more…)

Published in: on September 21, 2010 at 9:05 pm  Comments (6)  

No, not that Elijah

As Carmelites, we base our spirituality on that of Elijah. That is, the prophet from the Old Testament who called down fire from heaven, killed the false prophets of Baal, and experienced God’s presence in a still, small voice. Quite the character. How exactly we trace our roots back to him is a bit of a long story, one which I will save for a separate post. Today’s is not so much a history lesson, as just an amusing incident in the lives of two simple Carmelites.

We have friends who have a recording studio, and in preparation for a fundraiser next week at Santa Teresita, we went over to borrow a drum set and key board. A unique errand in itself. (more…)

Published in: on September 20, 2010 at 8:17 am  Comments (1)  

At Long Last: Sister Judith’s Arrival

You might say that it really would have only taken one sister to make the trip to LAX to pick up Sister Judith when she returned from Rome. But it really did take eight of us.

No, she did not have that many bags. And, no we do not travel in herds.

We just couldn’t wait the extra hour or so between her coming through customs and arriving home at the convent.

It was September 8th, the Feast of the Birth of Mary, so when our superior reminded us at dinner we needed to be leaving in five minutes, we quickly downed the rest of our ice cream and dashed for the garage. All but one of us, that is. She just picked up her ice cream and took it with her! She wasn’t taking any chances of being left behind. (more…)

Published in: on September 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm  Comments (1)  

Home from Rome

Excuse the very brief post, but I just wanted to give you a taste of future attractions: our Sister Judith arrived home safely from Rome!!! Stay tuned for the entertaining details of our caravan to LAX to meet her…

Published in: on September 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm  Comments (1)  

Our Grace-full Cathedral

Today is the anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and for those of us blessed to belong to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, it is a feast day for us. We started celebrating this morning in true Carmelite style: singing the Divine Office, hymns for Mass in three part harmony, and recreation (conversation) at meals. Knowing that all this festivity would take place today, I used my morning mediation time to reflect on the basis of the celebration.

Our Cathedral is truly grace-full, that is, full of many graces. As I prayed this morning, four specific graces came to mind and I will share them with you now.

Preeminently, every Cathedral is for the members of its diocese a connection to Rome, to Peter, to Christ. We are not alone. We belong to the Church which has weathered every storm through the past twenty centuries and has the assurance that the gates of hell will not prevail against her. We know this but we are body and soul people so we need physical reminders of it. The actual structural existence of the cathedral provides that. There is a place that I can go, a building within which I can stand, an altar before which I may kneel, and know that in communion with the Church, I will not be overcome. What a grace! (more…)

Published in: on September 2, 2010 at 8:35 am  Leave a Comment