Updated Happenings Page

Just a reminder to look at the cute critter videos and photos we have over there on the Happenings page … Enjoy!

Paying the Temple Tax, Part II

Before starting where we left off from part one, I wanted to play this part in The Passion of the Christ movie that captures the point I was trying to make earlier, about belonging to a Kingdom not of this world. Refresher from Part One: Jesus will pay it, like all others will have to, even though He doesn’t have …

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Image Detail | Ceiling of the Assumption of Mary in Santa Maria Immacolata a via Veneto, Rome | photo by Livioandronico Happy Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary!  As our Order’s principal patron as Carmelites we say, “Carmel is all Mary’s.” This poem by Thomas Merton seems to have some allusions to her assumption into heaven. We pray you are …

Paying the Temple Tax, Part I

  Before you leave, take a look at the updated Happenings page!   Monday, August 14, 2017  ~  19th Week in Ordinary Time … AND the memorial of St. Maximilian Kolbe The gospel for today is from Matthew chapter 17, verses 22-27.  I would like to share some thoughts about it and gladly welcome yours!  It’s amazing what one can …

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

       St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) – 2nd reading from her Proper Office for the Divine Office for the Discalced Carmelites: Divine Office – Matins (Office of Readings) – Second Reading – From the spiritual writings of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross “Ave Crux, spes unica!” (“I welcome you, Cross, our only hope.”) “We …

Annual Visit with our Seminarians

Every year to begin their annual retreat the seminarians from our diocese come to our monastery for mass and a visit.  The bishop is the main celebrant joined by priests working in formation to the seminarians (i.e., Msgr. Scott Friend, Vocations Director and assistants Msgr. Richard Oswald, Fr. Reuben Quinteros, and newly ordained Fr. Taryn Whittington). Each year the spirit …

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Novena Photos

After quite a break we’re back to share some photos taken during the Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Thanks to Robert Alexander who surprised us at the end of Mass one evening when he came up to the grate and gave us some pictures he had taken. One was a blown up lovely framed shot of the altar …

Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

With summertime comes the Carmelite Order’s principal patronal feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on July 16th, which means our annual public Novena of Masses is just around the corner (July 8th – 16th)!   Our homilist for this year will be one of our Discalced Carmelite friars of the Oklahoma Province. Rev. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD is a long-time …

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Happy Solemnity! Here is a beautiful reading taken from the Liturgy of the Hours Office of Readings for this day. I pray it touches your heart. I am highlighting the parts that especially spoke to me (the above image is scanned from a favorite holy card of mine: St. Francis at Jesus’ open side) …   Second Reading St Bonaventure …

Meeting in St. Louis … road trip!

Hello, World! Although it has taken some time, we have finally gotten the photos posted from the meeting five of us attended from our Carmel.  A historical gathering of close to 170 Discalced Carmelite Nuns from the US, a few from Canada and one from Finland took place the last week in April in St. Louis. The purpose was for …