Olympic Snow Bowling Competition

The time has come to reveal some hidden talents of the sisters here at Little Rock Carmel. Now that the 2018 Winter Olympics have begun, we thought we’d pull out an old home video from the “big snow” we got back in March of 2015 here in Arkansas. The frozen ponds in the back of our monastery were used for …

Lent: Farewell to Alleluia

Shrove Tuesday “Goodbye, Farewell, to Alleluia” I. Opening Reading: The calendar of the Liturgical Year will, in less than seven weeks, bring us to the great solemnities of the commemoration of the Passion and Resurrection of Our Redeemer. It is time for us Christians to prepare our souls. Holy Mother Church wants to rouse our hearts and to infuse her …

Seasonal Customs, Part III

Dear one and all, If you will bear with us just a little longer, we will be finished posting Christmas pictures for almost another year! Although we’re becoming habitually behind in blog posts, we think these few straggling-behind-treasures are worth sharing even now. God bless you! Christmas Eve is full of activity in a Carmelite monastery.  From the earliest part …

Mass Schedule

For our daily mass goers please note the upcoming dates with no public mass here at the Carmel of St. Teresa of Jesus, Little Rock, AR.  Let us pray for one another!  

Photos from a Kind Benefactor

Take a look at the beautiful photos taken by Mr. Robert Alexander, a friend of ours who came to our Midnight Mass. Some are pictures of the extern reception room and area, decorated by our extern Sr. Magdalene. The chapel was decorated by Sr. Lucia and Paul Vogler, another dear friend of our Carmel. Sr. Lucia and Sr. Anu Maria …

Seasonal Customs: Part II

The above page was scanned from an old 1955 copy of the book My Beloved: The Story of a Carmelite Nun by Mother Catherine Thomas, D.C. (now initialed “OCD”). One of the most treasured of Carmelite customs, shared by Carmels throughout the world, is the Advent Procession.  Each sister picks a Christmas picture card from the display set up in …

Epiphany of our Lord

This is the day filled with rich symbolism, joy, mystery, and abundant meaning for the life of every believer. We add colorful new pieces to the creche—three wise men dressed in vibrant robes carrying treasures, not to mentions the camels!  Today we see acts of adoration in the figurines and in pictures depicting the scene—bending the knee, bowing low, standing …

Seasonal Customs at Carmel: Part I

Each year in early December Sr. Lucia spends a whole day in the “bread room” of the basement, where she has everything she needs to make enough Christmas bread to fill us up through all the feast days of the season to come and beyond. Smelling homemade bread baking all day is quite a penance during the fasting season of …

Light Shines in the Night

Light from Jesus in the manger illumines all who are present–human, animal, and angel. Take a moment to see the glory of God through the eyes of Mary, Joseph, angels, ox and ass. The detail in this painting by Geertgen Tot Sint Jans called The Nativity, at Night, draws one in upon the deep mystery and gigantic miracle of something …

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Dear Friends, A very blessed season of Christmas to you and almost New Year!  We also greet you in love and grace for the solemnity of the Holy Family (Sunday, Dec. 31st) and of the Mother of God (Monday, Jan. 1st). So many feasts all bundled up together! Last time you heard from us we were beginning the Christmas Novena …