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 …

Making Muscadine Jelly

Sr. Anu Maria found some Muscadine bushes down by the creek in our acreage and has been faithfully plucking them for some time.  Now take a look at the results of her labor!  Sr. Lucia found a recipe for jelly, bought some mason jars, and went to work with Sr. Anu Maria. The end product is pretty sweet, and delicious!  …

Fruits of our Labor

This photo was taken early in the summer. Now that we’re at the end of August we only have the peppers and zucchini, along with plenty of butternut squash. See those tomatoes? That’s as far as we got this year before the little critters had eaten them all. As you can see below, the squirrels have even invaded our kitchen! …

Jesus, Lord of the Storm

“Peace! Be still!” In Mark 4:39 it says, “… when Jesus rebuked the storm He said, “Peace! Be still!” We sisters are among thousands and thousands of people praying for our brothers and sisters in Houston and other areas effected by Hurricane Harvey.  Jesus, Lord of the Storm, please calm the storm now. Please join now in praying with us …

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 …