Saint John of the Cross: Doctor of Love

2013-12-09T10:23:12+00:00 December 9th, 2013|John of the Cross, Poetry and Reflections, Saints|

By Sr. Helena of Mary, O.Carm Feast Day: December 14th Carmelite, Mystic, Doctor of the Church The Carmelite Order celebrates the feast of Saint John of the Cross on December 14th. Saint John is first of my favorite male Saints, with St. Francis De Sales, as my second. Humanly speaking, his life is a story of [...]

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

2016-11-11T16:39:35+00:00 November 8th, 2013|Blog, Other Saints of Carmel, Poetry and Reflections, Sr. Helena of Mary|

By Sr. Helena of Mary Feast Day:  November 8 The Carmelite Order celebrates the feast of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity on November 8th. Elizabeth was a beautiful soul who tasted the delights of contemplating God in the depths of her soul and invites us to do the same. She was born July 18, 1880 in [...]

Juan de la Cruz

2013-02-12T14:16:38+00:00 February 12th, 2013|John of the Cross, Poetry and Reflections, Saints|

He lived between the stars and indigence, this youngest son of Catherine Alvarez. Her hope--to make a weaver of him--was firmly rooted in poverty and common sense. Straining to ply the loom, his shoulders tense, fingers ineptly handling warp and weft, his mind refusing all attempts to master splices, Juan's heart ached for something else. [...]

The Elevator of Love

2016-11-11T16:39:41+00:00 February 8th, 2013|All, Poetry and Reflections, Spirituality, Therese of Lisieux|

“You need to climb the elevator of love, not the rough stairway of fear.” These words could have been written by any rock star today; Bono, Bruce Springsteen or even Lady Gaga. Instead our little Thérèse coined the phrase “elevator of love” over 100 years ago. Her suggestion was given to Fr. Maurice Bellière, the [...]


2013-02-01T11:12:27+00:00 November 13th, 2012|All, Poetry and Reflections|

When my child was young she brought me flowers from the field: Queen Anne’s lace, buttercups, and dandelion blooms. Broken crudely from their earth-bound roots these gems of Your creation would then be lightly laid aside for a time of play – stuffed into pockets to free little hands for climbing, stepped on, sat on, [...]