Going Deeper – Greater Than Gravity

Photography by Carmelite Sisters

By Sister Marie-Aimee, O.C.D.

Tall ladders, ski lifts, and narrow trails with steep drop-offs awaken a deep fear in me. I am not afraid of heights or even of falling. It is the conclusion of the fall, the inevitable rendezvous with the ground that worries me. Whether I like it or not, as long as I remain a resident of planet earth, my body is bound by the law of gravity.

Many of us spend the first years of our lives with the scrapes and bruises that give evidence of our experiential knowledge of this reality. We are not surprised when we learn its name in school, because it has been pulling us to the ground for years when we jumped off of swings and out of trees.

Refusal to conform our life to the fact that gravity exists can result in great bodily damage, even death. Walking off the edge of a ten-story building will kill you, whether or not you believe gravity is real.

There is a pull that is greater than gravity. It is the pull of Truth and it has a Name – God. Although we cannot see Him, our hearts know Him as surely as our bodies know gravity. Truth resonates with every age and culture because our hearts were made by and for God Who is Truth. Conformity is not a popular concept in our society; however, it makes much that is good in life possible. A simple game of basketball or a drive down the street would be impossible if people did not agree to conform to the same set of rules. Refusal to conform our lives to the reality of His existence will do greater damage to our souls than the ten-story fall will to our bodies.

If we saw someone standing too close to the edge of a cliff, we would not hesitate to warn them of their peril, yet how many of us remain silent in the presence of great sin? We are allowing strangers, acquaintances and even the people we hold most dear to commit spiritual suicide right in front of us. Fear of offending others, of imposing on them, restrains our tongues. Truth is a sharp blade and in the hands of an assassin it will kill; but we have forgotten that in the hand of a surgeon, it heals.

Conformity with the Truth gives life. In fact, it will set you free.

There is a Pull Greater than Gravity. It is the Pull of Truth.

“God is not only true, but Truth itself.” – Pope Leo XIII

“The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time a‘fter time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty… The ordinary objects of human endeavor — property, outward success, luxury — have always seemed to me contemptible.” – Albert Einstein

“Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now — always.” – Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) German theologian, philosopher, and physician.

“It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

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Promoting a Deeper Spiritual Life Among Families through Healthcare, Education and Retreats

The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles strive to give striking witness as a vibrant, thriving community of dedicated women with an all-consuming mission. It is our God-given mission, a mission of the heart, a mission of loving service to the poor, the sick, the needy and the uneducated. Our loving service overflows from each sister’s profound life of prayer. We strive to reflect His life and hope and His promise to all that light has come into our world and darkness has not overcome it.

A look at the history of our community, with its motherhouse in Alhambra, California, reveals how its life-giving presence has come about. During the beginning decades of the 1900s just as the epic Mexican revolution was subsiding, a ruthless religious persecution was gaining momentum in Mexico. This horrible persecution accompanied the birth and humble beginnings of our community, a legacy that Mother Luisita, our foundress, and her two companions brought with them as religious refugees entering the Unites States in 1927.

Those seeds planted by Mother Luisita, now a candidate for sainthood, have taken deep root in the United States since those early days. People and places have changed throughout the years, yet the heart of our mission remains. As an autonomous religious institute since 1983 we continue to carry out our loving service in our healthcare facilities, retreat houses and schools which remain to this day centers of life and hope. Today we are moving forward together “Educating for Life with the Mind and Heart of Christ” in schools, being “At the Service of the Family for Life” through health and eldercare and “Fostering a Deeper Spiritual Life” through individual and group retreats. At the heart of our vocation is a passionate mission of loving service which facilitates our life-giving encounter with the living God.

The heritage of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles is rooted in the spirituality of Carmel, the Gospels, the Church, with our particular charism derived from our beloved Foundress, Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

In His merciful goodness, God has graced our Institute with the Carmelite charism which has its roots in a long history and living tradition. The spirituality of St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross is rooted in this tradition. Carmel means enclosed garden in which God Himself dwells. The divine indwelling in the soul is the foundation of Teresa's doctrine. Thus our vocation is a grace by which contemplation and action are blended to become an apostolic service to the Church.

Our ideal finds a living expression in the life and charism of our beloved Foundress, Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament, whose spirit we faithfully preserve and foster.

Our life is characterized by: - A life of prayer and union with God - A deep love for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist - Devotion to our Blessed Mother - Steadfast fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church - Praying for priests - Commitment to works of the apostolate in ecclesial service

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