Prayer / Spiritual Life

"Suffer the little children to come unto me." (detail) by Carl Bloch [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

All of Life is Bittersweet

Come, Lord, and tarry not; Bring the long looked-for day; Why these years of waiting here, These ages of delay? (Advent hymn) I left the neuropsychologist’s office dumbfounded. If Sarah had received a diagnosis of autism, I would have understood. If ADHD had been a resounding secondary diagnosis to her Apert syndrome, I wouldn’t have flinched. But, in fact, I […]

Pinpricks of Light and Prayer

I had a dream last night. It was just a brief moment, almost like a page in a story book. In the dream, a husband and wife were lying in bed under a puffy quilt, comforting, soft, and large. The couple was relaxed and sleeping deeply and soundly. The room was midnight blue, except for a gentle shaft of butter […]

St. Teresa's Interior Castle

The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa’s Diamond

The De Beers Jewelry marketing slogan of “Diamonds are Forever” might have been a perfect catchphrase for Saint Teresa’s “Diamond”, better known to us as the Interior Castle. However, this company was not yet around in 1577 when she was ordered to write another book. “Forever” was a well-chosen word because of the properties and symbolism inherent in the diamond. […]

St. Thérèse of Lisieux (left) and St. Teresa of Avila (right)

Teresa and Thérèse—Saints Who Scaled the Heights

Two Doctors, Two Ways, One Goal Many of you probably have seen the 1965 film entitled The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews as Maria Von Trapp and Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp. The first verse of the theme song goes like this: Climb every mountain, Search high and low, Follow every highway, Every path you know. Do you […]

Santuário de Fátima Bascilica of Our Lady of the Rosary

Pray the Prayers of Fatima

Today, October 13, 2017 is the one hundredth anniversary of the last of six apparitions of Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, to the three young seers at the Cova da Iria in Fatima, Portugal during 1917. The Miracle of the Sun was witnessed there by up to one hundred thousand people on October 13, 1917. The first of these apparitions began […]

Give Us Joy

It had been one of “those” weeks. You know the kind: where everything falls apart and even planned family fun crumbles into disaster. I recently gave birth to our third daughter, and her presence in our family, while a sure blessing, has, of course, turned our world topsy turvy. All newborns do this, I know. But it doesn’t make the […]

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Once Upon a Day of Prayer | Rediscovering St. Thérèse

A Reflection on the Little Way of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Every month each Carmelite Sister steps aside from her daily service to God’s people and makes a one-day spiritual retreat. To most of us, this single day out of each month is dearly loved and longed for. We meet and work with a lot of people on a daily […]

"Guardian Angel" (detail) by Cortona

Remembering the Holy Guardian Angels

You never know when and where they’ll appear… perhaps even in Aisle 3 at Staples. When God Sends Messengers With a heavy heart, I put down the telephone and sighed. I knew it was right that I, like the other sisters in my Carmelite community, set myself to the task now ahead of us. This was not the first time […]

Lessons Learned When We Pray The Angelus

Jared Dees’ new book, Praying The Angelus: Find Joy, Peace, And Purpose In Everyday Life, is a compact, helpful text, which outlines the origins of the Angelus, how to pray it, what to expect, and why we should bother praying the Angelus at all. His encouragement to adopt the practice are not only helpful, but Dees insights into prayer in general—regardless of […]

The Secrets of Your Grandmother’s Rosary

The phone rang. A terrible accident had just occurred. One of her grandchildren had just been in an accident on the farm. The faith I witnessed in that moment was enough to never forget my grandmother’s rosary. It was my cousin Drew. He had been driving the farm tractor when it accidentally flipped into a deep valley on the side […]