- New Liturgical Year
- Website News - Gifts!
- Community News
- Our New Addition - It's Done!
Greetings to the Friends of Carmel,
As we begin again a new liturgical
year, we reflect on the many graces and blessings of the
past year and look forward to God's powerful working in
souls and in the world during the coming year. Since it
really is the Church's New Year, it is good now to make
New Years Resolutions, almost more than waiting until
the secular New Year. Needless to say, these would be
spiritual resolutions; ones that make us more attentive
to God's presence in our lives and to His Will for us.
May the New Year, beginning with Holy Advent, bring us
all closer to the good God and find us preparing with
hope and peace for Our Lord's
WEBSITE NEWS -
Gradually, we are adding
to our site the items we have so long been planning and
bracelets make lovely gifts, and so many people have
asked about them. The sterling silver rosebud Patron
Saint bracelet, shown here, is exquisite and is crafted
with all the care and artistic expertise of old. You
will be amazed at the detail of the depictions on the
back of each rose. Patron Saint Rosary centers are also
now available when you build
your own rosary on our website. What better and more
personal a gift than a rosary with one's Patron Saint?
Badges may now be purchased at a new lower price,
and we have added some exquisite Christmas
cards this year, at the request of many people
looking for "un-commercial" type greeting cards to send.
We have been told that it is difficult to find cards
with the Holy Family or the Virgin and Child. You can
find them here!
Since so many of you loved the Christmas
holy card to add to your greetings last year, we are
offering more of these, as well as a Christmas
Bookmark. They make a meaningful little gift with
your message, and maybe even a nice stocking-stuffer!
ornaments make such a fine gift this time of year.
We are reminded of a custom that many of our families
recall of giving and receiving a special ornament each
year. As the years pass, these gifts became part of
family tradition at Christmas, bringing back warm and
happy memories of loved ones, and perhaps reminding the
children of those relatives or friends who may have
passed from this life. We are working hard to add new
books on the site, so be watching for those.
sterling silver art pieces continue to be a
distinctive gift for any occasion, and all who have
chosen from our selection have been very pleased to be
able to give a spiritual gift that is so beautiful.
Thank you for your support of our web
site apostolate, which is of such assistance to our
livelihood in the Monastery.
November is always a
favorite month in our Carmel. We love it because of its
dedication by the Church to the special remembrance of
the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The devoted prayers and
sacrifices to assist these souls bring home to us in a
vivid way the importance of striving zealously for God
and holiness of life ourselves. Holy Mother Church
instills charity among her members through devotion to
assisting the Holy Souls, so dear to God. Although we
are now in December, we encourage all to remember them
in your prayers and good works throughout the entire
Family visits to the Sisters are rare,
but always a time of grace for both Sister and family.
Our Holy Mother St. Teresa insisted that these visits be
of benefit especially to the ones who visit! The Saint,
of course, had the spiritual benefit of souls in mind
and encourages her daughters to keep the conversation
and mirth with family as un-worldly as possible.
However, on the "earthly" side of things, the families
of the Sisters always seem not to want to be outdone,
and they come with arms loaded and extended to the
Community. The parents of one of our Sisters have a
fruit and vegetable stand near their farm in Ohio. At
October's end, they close the little business, load up
whatever remains of their produce and other good things
and travel to Colorado. The first or second week of
November always sees them pouring out their treasures to
Carmel: pumpkins, tomatoes, cheese, APPLES! There is
nothing like Ohio apples, and they are a boon for us as
we prepare for our Christmas Bakesale, since apple pies
are the favorite of the people who attend Mass at our
Chapel. Another family comes who is not Catholic. Their
daughter is a convert, and though they cannot fully
understand her decisions and the grace of God in her
life, their love for her makes them give support and
encouragement. These dear folks generously give to
Carmel several times in the year, but especially around
Thanksgiving - mindful of Carmel's needs and desiring to
help in whatever way they can. May God generously reward
such good hearts!
OUR NEW ADDITION - IT'S
Lastly, we again wish to
thank all who have assisted us with this important
building project over the last two years, which is now
completely finished. Glad to have completed it and so
grateful for God's help and protection through it, we
now enjoy the fruits of our labors - and yours. Please
visit our Building
Update page to see a few more photos of the
completed addition. May God reward you for your generous
Your Carmelite Sisters
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