Discalced Carmelite Friars

Semi Province of St. Therese

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Surprise Visits

Among the joys of Eastertide, I find delight in reflecting on and as it were reliving the surprise visits of the Risen Jesus. Being surprised at eventful times in our lives can reside for a long time… Read More...

Cousins in the Family – Reflections for Advent 2017

First cousins can form closely knit family ties when living in the same neighborhood and growing up together with frequent interaction. If one is fortunate Read More...

Saving God's Word

One of the great joys of my life in Carmel is moving through the cycle of the liturgical year as we relive the great mysteries of salvation history. Following the cycle Read More...

Reflections - Mary’s Assumption or Dormition - August 17, 2017

Reflecting on Mary’s Assumption into heaven or Dormition (Eastern Churches) meaning her gentle falling asleep, I always feel a little bereft or left behind as it were to Read More...

Marian Reflection

The pleasing ability and nonchalant manner of making excuses characterizes some of the free flowing, familiar style of our holy mother, Saint Teresa. This is particularly noticeable in her early chapters of the Way of Perfection. I find this trait crops up Read More...

A Springtime Retreat – Carmelite Style 4/30/16

Among the many blessings coming my way this Eastertide has been the time apart from community life by way of a solitary retreat. This is a special time offered each sister should she so desire. This time of solitude is separate from our preached community retreat with retreat master and specially prepared Read More...

St. Teresa’s 500th – Fruits and Reflections

Rhapsodee took a little sabbatical to relish the overflow of world-wide celebrations of St. Teresa’s 500th centenary. Not the least was our own community’s triduum, a real festival with participating friars, nuns, seculars and Carmelite Missionary Sisters from Mexico.


Reflections on the Visit of Pope Francis

Who would not want to reflect on and savor in the memory the recent visit of Pope Francis to America? I am reminded of the words in St. Luke’s gospel in chapter 7:16b, “A great prophet has arisen among us! And God has visited his people!” Read More...

The Gift of September

Awakening to the September skies is a delight and one is thankful for the change in weather. Light and shadows play intermittently Read More...