Monday, November 19, 2012

Carmelite Saint of the Day

St. Raphael Kalinowski, ocd-priest

Raphael Kalinowski was born to Polish parents in the city of Vilnius in 1835. Following military service, he was condemned in 1864 to ten years of forced labor in Siberia. In 1877 he became a Carmelite and was ordained a priest in 1882. He contributed greatly to the restoration of the Discalced Carmelites in Poland. His life was distinguished by zeal for Church unity and by his unflagging devotion to his ministry as confessor and spiritual director. He died in Wadowice in 1907.

Read more about him here:

Sunday, October 28, 2012


It is part of the vocation of Secular Carmelites to pray for seminarians, priests, and priestly vocations.  Let us remember our beloved priests today, and may the Lord call many more men to serve him in the Church.

View the photos of the Ordination Class of 2012 (click on photo)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Carmelite Saint of the Day

                        ST. TERESA OF JESUS (AVILA)
                                        OCTOBER 15

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


                                                           FEAST DAY: OCTOBER 15


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Today begins the novena to St. Therese. Here is the link to the novena:

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
Feast Day: August 9

We who live in Carmel and who daily call on our Holy Father Elijah in prayer know that for us he is not a shadowy figure out of the dim past. His spirit is active among us in a vital tradition and determines how we live. Indeed, to stand before the face of the living God, as Elijah did, that is our vocation. The holy prophet set us an example He stood before God's face because this was the eternal treasure for those whose sake he gave up all earthly goods...He is for us an example of the gospel poverty that we have vowed, an authentic prototype of the Savior.

Monday, July 16, 2012



Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel:

O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.
O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us that have recourse to thee. (3 times)

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity: Prayer to the Trinity
O my God, Trinity whom I adore; help me to forget myself entirely that I may be established in You as still and as peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity. May nothing trouble my peace or make me leave You, O my Unchanging One, but may each minute carry me further into the depths of Your mystery. Give peace to my soul; make it Your heaven, Your beloved dwelling and Your resting place. May I never leave You there alone but be wholly present, my faith wholly vigilant, wholly adoring, and wholly surrendered to Your creative Action.

O my beloved Christ, crucified by love, I wish to be a bride for Your Heart; I wish to cover You with glory; I wish to love You...even unto death! But I feel my weakness, and I ask You to "clothe me with Yourself," to identify my soul with all the movements of Your Soul, to overwhelm me, to possess me, to substitute yourself for me that my life may be but a radiance of Your Life. Come into me as Adorer, as Restorer, as Savior.

O Eternal Word, Word of my God, I want to spend my life in listening to You, to become wholly teachable that I may learn all from You. Then, through all nights, all voids, all helplessness, I want to gaze on You always and remain in Your great light. O my beloved Star, so fascinate me that I may not withdraw from Your radiance.

O consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, "come upon me," and create in my soul a kind of incarnation of the Word: that I may be another humanity for Him in which He can renew His whole Mystery. And You, O Father, bend lovingly over Your poor little crature; "cover her with Your shadow," seeing in her only the "Beloved in whom You are well pleased."

O my Three, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in which I lose myself, I surrender myself to You as Your prey. Bury Yourself in me that I may bury myself in You until I depart to contemplate in Your light the abyss of Your greatness.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Kelly's Blog

Today's featured blog-one of our own-Kelly of the Holy Spirit.

Please visit "Of the Holy Spirit"

Friday, January 20, 2012

Byzantine Carmelites

Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania
Discalced Carmelite Nuns (OCD)

Many people are unaware that East meets West in the Carmelite Order-The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania is a community of nuns of the Byzantine Catholic Church. The foundation of this monastery was led by Sr. Marija, a professed sister of the Carmel of the Incarnation in Sioux City, Iowa. Sr. Marija's spiritual director at the time of the foundation was Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J. whose cause is before the Holy See.

Fr. Ciszek is the author of  "With God in Russia."

Join Fr. Cizsek's prayer league, you will be remembered in the prayers of the Carmelite nuns of Holy Annunciation Monastery.

Here in Ohio, in the city of Burton, in the Eparchy of Parma, there is a newly-formed community of Byzantine Catholic nuns. Here is a description of their community in their own words (from their blog). To read more about this community click on their logo image below.

We are a Byzantine Catholic monastic community of women in the Eparchy of Parma dedicated to a vigilant life of prayer and hospitality according to the traditions of the Christian East. Laying down our lives in imitation of the Bridegroom, we joyfully embrace the monastic virtues of poverty, chastity and obedience. We participate in the dynamic love of the Trinity by sharing a life of prayer, work and recreation at our monastery. Meditating on Scripture, especially the Song of Songs, and immersing ourselves in a life of personal and liturgical prayer, we enter into a spousal relationship with Christ the Bridegroom. Looking to the Theotokos as our model, we open ourselves to the Divine life of the Holy Spirit, bearing forth fruit for the Church and the world. Our monastery provides a spiritual garden and a bridal chamber in which we draw others into this same life-giving relationship with Christ the Bridegroom.

Our Typical Weekday Schedule

6:30 a.m.    Matins, First Hour
8:00 a.m.    Personal silent prayer/spiritual reading
9:00 a.m.    Third Hour
9:15 a.m.    Breakfast and meeting
9:45 a.m.    Work
12:00 p.m.  Sixth Hour, followed by lunch
1:00 p.m.    Work
3:00 p.m.    Ninth Hour, followed by work
4:00 p.m.    Personal free time
5:00 p.m.    Vespers
6:00 p.m.    Dinner
7:00 p.m.    Recreation, studies or work
9:00 p.m.    Compline, followed by silence

Our work includes hospitality, gardening, housework, iconography, office work, youth ministry, cooking, baking, caning, etc. We welcome guests who would like to spend a day or more to pray, eat and work with us and to relax on our grounds and in our guest house. Guests are also welcome to stop in just to pray one of our services with us. Please call ahead before making a visit.

To learn more about the Byzantine Catholic Church, please visit:

Let us be grateful, that within the Order of Carmel, "East meets West."  Let us pray for church unity, that one day we may be united with our brothers and sisters in the Orthodox Church. So that in the words of John Paul II, "...that the Catholic Church once again may breathe with both lungs."

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

History of Carmel

The Carmelite Order developed from a group of hermits living on Mt. Carmel in the Holy Land. They followed the example of the Prophet Elijah in his search for God. These early hermits were dedicated to Our Lady.

Today, the Order of Carmel is still following in the footsteps of those early hermits who sought to meditate on the law of the Lord day and night.

While the lay person may find it difficult to pray day and night, St. Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians exhorts us to, "pray constantly."

In whatever task we are doing, as Christians, we are called to do everything with love and with God in mind. As Carmelites, we are striving for that purity of heart of which Our Lord spoke about in his Sermon on the Mount..."Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:3-12)

A Secular Carmelite promises not only poverty, chastity, and obedience, according to his or her state of life but also promises to live according to the Beatitudes. Carmelite spirituality helps us in our quest for union with God.