The LORD said to Moses:
Tell the Israelites: When a woman has a child, giving birth to a boy, she shall be unclean for seven days... and then she shall spend thirty-three days more in a state of blood purity; she shall not touch anything sacred nor enter the sanctuary till the days of her purification are fulfilled. ... When the days of her purification for a son or for a daughter are fulfille...
We highly encourage you to participate in the Epiphany House Blessing, a beautiful tradition in our Faith, which symbolizes an invitation and your desire for Jesus' presence in your home.
May the Lord bless you and your families in this new year!
Illustration: The Adoration of the Magi, Edward Burne-Jones
O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
jacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb
was worthy to be...
Carmelites in the News: Pope Francis has recognized a miracle attributed to Carmelite Sister Ana de Jesús, a spiritual daughter of St. Teresa of Ávila and a friend to St. John of the Cross. Let's pray for a second miracle and for her canonization.
In 1570, Ana de Jesus joined the Monastery of St. Joseph, founded by St. Teresa as the first establishment of the Carmelite refo...
Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. John of the Cross.
St. John of the Cross was born San Juan de la Cruz in 1542 in Old Castile, Spain. His father was disinherited because he married below his rank, and when his father passed at an early age, Juan was raised by his mother in poverty. He and his two siblings were underfed to the point that his stature was dwarfed.
Since his parents ...
On December 12th, the Church in the United States celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
In December 1591, Juan Diego, a Mexican peasant, was on his way to Mass. Our Lady appeared to him, and speaking in Nahuatl, which was Juan Diego's native language ( the language of the fomer Aztec Empire), identified herself as "Mary, Mother of the very true deity" and asked that ...
Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. This solemn dogma was defined by Blessed Pope Pius IX on December 8th, 1854:
"The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin."...
The New Liturgical Year begins with the First Sunday of Advent, which is tomorrow Sunday, December 3rd. In this new year, we as Catholics not only begin a new year year, we are invited to a renewed commitment to the Faith. The Advent Season invites us to a time of deep prayer and reflection during which we "make room" to welcome the message---and the One--who was sent for our salvati...
Advent begins this Sunday, December 3. We invite you to join us in praying this prayer to help orient our minds and hearts to Him.
Redeemer, Messiah, Savior—Your people always long for You, yet we often fail to give in to that longing or seek to satisfy it with worldly things.
We beg of You, this Advent, to come to our aid and to draw our hearts to the only Love that satisfie...
Today, November 8, we celebrate the feast day of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, a French Carmelite considered by Pope St. John Paul II to be one of the most influential mystics of his life.
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity was born as Elizabeth Catez, “Sabeth” to her friends, in 1880. She was a hot-tempered child with sometimes “furious eyes” whose father died while she ...