A Visit from China

During the Novena to St. Teresa of Jesus we were blessed to get to know one of our sisters from a far off land in the Orient. Sr. Mary, OCD is currently staying with the nuns in Terre Haute Carmel (IN) to study and receive formation in the Carmelite charism to pass on to the younger community back home.  The …

Fall: Are We There Yet?

Is Fall finally here? If you live in Arkansas or thereabouts you know what it is like to have to cover your Impatiens every afternoon to keep the hot sun from scorching them– even in October!–while “impatiently” awaiting a cool break in the weather. Our bright orange Cosmos are just about dried up, at least the ones planted early. Although …

Novena to St. Teresa of Jesus

The above sketch of St. Teresa of Jesus was done by our Sr. Lucia of the Mother of Grace for the occasion of our Novena this year.  She copied it from the painting reserved in a special spot in our corridor where a picture of the current year’s patron(ess) belongs.  We were very excited last January when we drew her …

Sunrise on My Retreat

One morning during our community retreat I was captured by the beauty of the sunrise and the fresh, deep blue sky. The scripture verse came to mind about the “first streaks of dawn” and the “morning star rising in your hearts” (1 Pt. 1:19). The song “Lord of All” rang through my head to praise and thank Him for what …

Retreat Ending with St. Therese

Hello dear Friends!  We are back after our annual retreat and recuperating from the festivities that go along with celebrating a big feast day — the Solemnity of St. Therese of Lisieux. Since our Carmelite province has St. Therese as our Patroness we have the Church’s special permission to celebrate her day as a solemnity, rather than a “feast” as …

Novena to St. Thérèse

Above image: Thérèse with angels – 1913 – painting by Céline, 27 x 40 cm Dear Friends, As we begin our retreat tomorrow–September 23rd–we also begin the novena to St. Therese.  We take all the petitions we receive in the mail, along with those of our loving benefactors and friends, and implore this dear Saint to work her miracles of …

Carmelite History and Life Slideshow

Dear Friends, We are building up the website as we go, as we learn how to do it, and as we have time to add old and new things from our “store house of treasures”.  We just added an old slideshow (but timeless in its content) to the web page “Our Life”.  It is twice as long as it is …

Summer in Arkansas Lingers on

… in late September. Here are a few snapshots of the lingering summer in Arkansas at the monastery. Sometimes we feel as busy as bees on the Cosmos! Click here to see our Fall Bulletin. Please pray for us during our annual community retreat September 23rd-30th. We’ll be praying for you!

Monastic Fast and Renewal of Vows

On September 14th, the Feast of the Exultation of the Cross, we join all other Carmelites and some other monastic orders in the traditional Fast Season, which lasts until Easter. It is a special time of renewal and re-focusing in our spiritual life and in our observance of the Rule and Constitutions. As for actual fasting a light supper called …